Architectural Observations

WINTERWOOD | 525 Washington Street As one heads south down Washington Street and approaches the open-air pedestrian mall, two buildings can be identified as those shaping what may be considered the gateway to Cape May’s shopping district. At the intersection of Washington and Ocean, on the southwest corner, sits the large stone Roman Catholic church,…

Following Up on the Foster House

Two years ago, Cape May Magazine published an article about the Lower Township Foster House, an almost 300-year-old house that had remained in the same family until willed by the last descendent, Isabelle Foster Sakewicz, to the Cape May County Museum and Genealogical Library in 2006. It was subsequently sold to Cape May County and…

An Old Gray Owl Returns

Preserving the soul of a community through the care and restoration of its historical architecture—one house at a time. They had names like The Puritan, The Lexington, The Van Jean, and The Martha Washington. Each home was listed on a page in a catalog, featuring a black and white illustration, floor plans, a brief description,…

Wawa turned real estate office

Though the look and feel—and, perhaps the hoagies—of Wawas along the East Coast have changed over time, the one that once stood at the gravitational center of town represented the original archetype of this east coast convenience store. Nevertheless, the building at 502 Bank Street now boasts a drastically different appearance compared to what previously…

In the service of The Queen

The Queen Victoria on Ocean Street may well be the most authentic of the bed and breakfast inns in Cape May. Built in 1881 by Douglas Gregory, a river pilot, today it stands as a shining example of Victorian architecture. Originally the Gregory home, the house was sold on May 26, 1913 to Dr. Franklin…

Painting the Town

The term “painted ladies of Cape May” might seem like a dig at someone who overdid the eyeshadow, but it definitely isn’t off-color when it comes to describing the city’s Victorian homes. Painting the exterior of the home is more than just surface protection, more than presenting a fresh face to the community; it is…

Our Neon Neighbor

The Wildwoods dared to dream of the future back in the past, erecting the country’s collective hopes in blazing neon and pastel cinder blocks, all its angles sharp like a shark’s fin, and with a parking spot for every new, gigantic car underneath.