“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

  5. SCOTT ROBERTSON says:

    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.
    Thanks,
    Scott Robertson
    908-309-3432

  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.

  8. Kelley Adams says:

    Thanks Greg. I always love reading about the old days and history of Monmouth Beach. Do you have any old photos of 50 River Avenue?

    I know it’s over 125 years old but was interested in what it may have looked like originally.

    Thanks for any help Greg.

  9. Mary Walter says:

    Greg, you know how much I love all these photos. I’m still shocked that our Ocean Avenue home (built in 1881) remains a mystery and not a single picture exists.

  10. M. Short says:

    Great post Greg! The Allen cottage and Gray cottage were both located on Willow Avenue directly behind our house and the Valentine cottage. The foundation’s are still there oddly enough. I read somewhere that the laundry was also on Willow, do you know where?

  11. Kathy McKee says:

    “Fanshawe Barn” is the house I grew up in. It was 42 Ocean Avenue and 23 Seaview Avenue — not sure why two addresses. It’s still there. So now when someone asks if I was “raised in a barn” I can act accordingly. Thank you Greg Kelly for sharing. I never knew the house had a title.

  12. Michele La Valle says:

    Mr. Kelly —

    I grew up in a house in the photos. We lived there from 1971-1996. It’s funny that online it says it was built in 1905, but we were always told it was built in 1892 or 1894. My mother removed the wallpaper in a 2nd floor en-suite bathroom when I was a child and it said something about the home having belonged to a governor (if I remember correctly). We had a lot of very happy memories in that house.

    Also, there was a lever in the floor of the dining room that still existed when we lived there — if you pressed it with your foot, it rang a servant’s bell.

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