Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Cape May Historic District: Emlen Physick Estate and Carriage House

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $97,651 (2000); $50,000 (2007); $30,600 (2009); $81,620 (2020)
Grant Recipient: Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
County: Cape May
Municipality: City of Cape May

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Built in 1879, the Emlen Physick house and its nine outbuildings comprise a rare surviving example of a late-nineteenth century country estate. The house is attributed to Frank Furness, a prominent Philadelphia architect who was named one of America's top ten architects by the American Institute of Architects. Saved from demolition in the 1970s by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, it is the only historic house museum in the city and attracts more than 56,000 visitors every year. 

The 2020 Trust grant will help fund exterior rehabilitation, including roof repairs, of the eight outbuildings, plus repairs to masonry arch chimney supports in the basement of the main house.The 2009 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of construction drawings and specifications for the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the museum. Previous Trust grants helped fund landscape restoration and the preparation of a detailed study and schematic plans for a new HVAC system to protect the house and its collection. 

The site has also received funding from three Cultural Trust grants. 

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