Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore

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The Jersey Shore is many things to many people. It is 127 miles of sand and surf, a sanctuary of untamed marshlands and endless dunes, a home to kitschy boardwalks, quirky shops, pulsing casinos, and countless examples of offbeat culture. But, above all, it is a powerful repository of nostalgia. The local historical societies are filled with photographs and memoirs describing what has been lost, landmarks razed, houses demolished, and beaches terminally eroded. Sometimes it seems that the inexorable drive of ...

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Overview

The Jersey Shore is many things to many people. It is 127 miles of sand and surf, a sanctuary of untamed marshlands and endless dunes, a home to kitschy boardwalks, quirky shops, pulsing casinos, and countless examples of offbeat culture. But, above all, it is a powerful repository of nostalgia. The local historical societies are filled with photographs and memoirs describing what has been lost, landmarks razed, houses demolished, and beaches terminally eroded. Sometimes it seems that the inexorable drive of development is well on its way to eradicating all traces of the fabulous, frivolous, and magical summer places that were once linked like jewels in a necklace from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

In this delightful collection of personal accounts, historical anecdotes, and gorgeous photographs, Caroline Seebohm and Peter C. Cook cast a fresh eye on the dazzling array of quaint cottages, quirky bungalows, and splendid mansions that generation after generation have chosen as their summer homes. They explore the grand nineteenth-century palaces of Spring Lake and Bay Head, the private mansions of Deal and Allenhurst, and the charming surprises of Cape May Point. Through the cooperation of local residents, they also provide a rare look into some of the most secret and elusive private homes.

From wrap-around porches, to elaborate gables, to wooden turrets that offer stunning views, this book showcases all the fascinating and eclectic architecture that makes the Jersey Shore the beautiful, classy, tough, and diverse place that it is. It is an exquisite reminder that, for many, this storied coastline has been and continues to be, above all, the backdrop of their most blissful memories of summer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813540160
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Rivergate
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Caroline Seebohm has written several books on architecture and design, including Great Houses and Gardens of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press), Boca Rococo: How Addison Mizner Invented Florida's Gold Coast, and Under Live Oaks: The Last Great Houses of the Old South. Peter C. Cook is an award-winning photographer, who specializes in architecture and portraiture.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     XI
Introduction     XV
Map of the Jersey Shore     XXIV
Atlantic Highlands
"Sometimes I think it looks English. But then I decide it's really Provencal."     1
"There's a shore feel to it."     5
Highlands
"The whole landscape is nature.''     13
Rumson
"Mom knows what she likes and we know what looks good."     19
Monmouth Beach
"I like it when people say it looks as though it has always been here."     29
Allenhurst
"I didn't want to let anyone touch the house who didn't know how to restore it properly."     35
Asbury Park
The Story of a Shore Town     43
The Angel House     48
"I love its summer cottage aspect."     52
Ocean Grove
"The singing alone is enough to sweep down the powers of hell."     55
Spring Lake
Welcome to the Gilded Age of Spring Lake     63
History Resides at the Katzenhach Cottage     67
"I used to romp around a great house in the Philippines..."     71
Requiem for a Gothic Treasure     76
Bay Head
"The account books tied the family to the history of the house."     79
"It is perfectly free from malaria."     85
Mantoloking
"[It] was surrounded by salt hay marshes, harvested for thelivestock."     97
A Small French Chateau in the New World     99
"When we found this place in the late 1980s, it was totally neglected."     103
Lavallette
A House with a Past     109
Barnegat Light
"Capt. Ben Randolph knocked overboard and drowned."     115
Loveladies
"The house is almost like a bridge."     123
Spray Beach
"The Aunt Hill"     133
Beach Haven
Almost Perfect Summer Resort Architecture     137
Brigantine
"We decided to paint the bands a good strong color."     143
"We wanted every room to have a view."     149
Stone Harbor
"We wanted to create a modern house in an old style."     155
"A most attractive dwelling."     164
Cape May Point
"I spent years researching the colors, changing them until I was happy with them."     171
"Birdsong abounds, the ocean hums its lullabies, and the sea disappears into the sunshine."     181
Bibliography     189
Index     191
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