“Wooden Palaces” of Monmouth Beach

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  1. Renate says:

    Beautiful. Do any of these still exist, aside from the Boro Hall?

    • Kathleen Sheehan Bruce says:

      Mike Short commented on the MB Facebook page that the Gothic Cottage is his house that was moved to its current location on River.

  2. Sal Giacchi says:

    The photos of Harm’s Cottage and North De Gray are the same house from two sides. It was lifted and moved from adjacent to the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club to the corner of Ocean Avenue and Cottage Road. It was built by a Railroad executive named Vredenburgh, who sold it to a couple named Flynn for $1. They had one daughter, Lucy Flynn, who sold the house to me in 1979. I was fortunate to purchase the Victorian furniture that had been in the house since it was built 1n 1870.

  3. Mickey Ryan Rhode says:

    So special to have these photos to remind us “how it was.” Thanks for the post …

  4. Joan L says:

    Loved seeing these photos. Thank you, Greg


    Hi Greg:
    Do you happen to know the names of the “stick” style architects that built homes in Monmouth Beach in the 1880’s? I live in one of them at 108 Ocean Avenue.
    Scott Robertson

  6. john d alessi says:

    This was the town my mom and dad fell in love with. They gave my sister and brother and I the gift of Monmouth Beach. We had a house that served us beautifully as our summer home for 50 some years. What a glorious gift — we summered on 10 Club Circle all those years. The memories and friendships are still alive today.

    John Alessi

  7. Al Hassinger says:

    My father Al Hassinger grew up at 12 Beach Road. It remained in the family until the 1970s when my Aunt Millie and Howard Hassinger sold it and moved to Florida. My great grandfather Louis Hassinger bought the house from the Colgate Family originally as a summer house and they as their main residence.

    We still have some of the furnishings that came with the house. Fireplace surround, ceramic pieces, and irons etc. I remember the house well and also heard stories about the house and my father growing up in Monmouth Beach since I was a kid. We were fortunate enough to go through the house last summer.

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