Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Cape May Historic District: Cape Island Presbyterian Church

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $50,000 (2005)
Grant Recipient: Cape May Stage Playhouse
County: Cape May
Municipality: Cape May

The Cape Island Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1853 and exemplifies local carpenter-designed building practices. Its architecture exhibits some Greek Revival influenced features, but also contains a unique belvedere that, through its decorative brackets, evokes imagery of eastern or oriental architecture. An Episcopal congregation and the city's community and visitor center have also used the building. Home to the Cape May Stage Playhouse since 1994, the building now hosts theater productions as well as classes and other activities for community and arts groups.

The Trust grant helped fund the preparation of engineering and architectural assessments and construction documents for the exterior restoration of the building.

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