Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Abbey- Cape May
Many of you Cape May lovers know this as The Abbey, a popular B&B.
The house was designed by famous Cape May architect Stephen Decatur Button who over three decades designed more than forty buildings in the tiny resort.
Button's influence was even greater because pattern books featured structures that had his imprint and local builders would use pattern books to "design" cottages for those who could not afford an architect. This is one of his surviving masterpieces, the John McCreary House located at Columbia Avenue and Gurney Street. McCreary was a coal baron who resided in Philadelphia and summered in Cape May.