Noel Court and Apartments

National Register Listing
Street Address:
312 6th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC (Horry County)
Alternate Name:
Noel Court Motel

NRHP Nomination

NRHP Maps

Record Number:
S10817726036
Description and Narrative:
Noel Court and Apartments is significant for its association with the evolution of tourist lodging in Myrtle Beach from the 1930s to the 1960s and as an unusual local example of a pre-Hurricane Hazel tourism establishment. The oldest buildings on the property, the cottages, date to approximately 1938 and were individual homes before they were repurposed as part of the 1950s motor court. Constructed in 1952, the one-story motor court building provided five units to supplement the four cottages on the property. As a motor court lodging establishment, Noel Court and Apartments primarily represents Myrtle Beach’s tourism industry prior to the Populuxe motel era that arose after the destruction brought by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Originally, the motor court building employed architectural references to Mount Vernon, one of the most popular historical sites in America in the early 1950s, which have since been removed. While the motor court used Colonial Revival elements, the cottages exhibit Craftsman style details typical of the 1930s. The cottages and motor court building are all small-scale, mostly one-story buildings, arranged around a central pool with lush landscaping around the remainder of the property. Noel Court and Apartments is one of the few remaining examples of a motor court in Myrtle Beach, as this property type continues to be eradicated to make way for larger scale development. Listed in the National Register January 7, 2021.
Period of Significance:
circa 1938 – 1966
Level of Significance:
Local
Area of Significance:
Architecture;Entertainment/Recreation
National Register Determination:
listed
Date of Certification:
January 7 2021

Related places
Myrtle Beach
Horry County