Cape May’s Designer Show House Highlights Best of Victorian Seaside City

Victorian Cape May, New Jersey © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Victorian Cape May, New Jersey © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Cape May’s Designer Show House returns for its 9th year with an exciting project in 2014-15 that highlights the best of Cape May: the city’s Victorian architecture beautifully preserved, the creativity of those who come here, and the joy of celebrating holidays here.

The Ocean Victorian, 25 Ocean St., opens its doors to the public on Friday, Oct. 10 as the 2014-15 Cape May Designer Show House, with the theme “Celebrating Holidays,” presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and sponsored by DesignNJ magazine.

Visitors will discover the joy of celebrating holidays in Cape May inside this seaside retreat with tours from Oct. 10 through June 14, 2015. Tours can also be combined with dining packages and special events.

This year’s Designer Show House is located within steps of Cape May’s beaches in a majestic row alongside some of Cape May’s most recognized historic structures. This 5,000 square foot home is being transformed with significant upgrades to the interior. Visitors will see how the region’s top designers creatively portray a different holiday in each of 12 rooms in this circa 1880 Cape May landmark, making the 2014-15 Designer Show House a must-see in Cape May.

This classic Mansard-style home was built soon after the great fire of 1878. The Mansard roof is crowned by ornamental wrought ironwork, and the house offers breathtaking ocean views. A private home before and after the great fire for nearly 100 years, the building was restored and operated as an award-winning bed and breakfast inn known as The Inn on Ocean for more than 25 years, before being converted as a retreat for family vacations for the past 10 years.

Visitors will discover the joy of celebrating holidays in Cape May inside this seaside retreat with tours from Oct. 10 through June 14, 2015. Tours can also be combined with dining packages and special events.

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