Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Ocean City Residential Historic District: Ocean City Life Saving Station

Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $750,000 (2010)
Grant Recipient: City of Ocean City
County: Cape May
Municipality: Ocean City

The U.S. Life Saving Station in Ocean City is significant as an example of a significant type of life saving station and for its association with the activities of the U.S. Life Saving Service. The building was constructed in 1885 in what was referred to as the "1882 type." There were 25 life-saving stations constructed in this style. In 1905 the building's footprint was expanded to nearly twice its original size. The expansion was done in a style unique to New Jersey Life Saving Stations. In 1915 the U.S. Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service were combined to form the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard continued to utilize the building until it was decommissioned during the 1940s and sold. It was used as a private residence until the City purchased it in May 2010.

The Trust grant will help fund the interior and exterior restoration of the building, based on the recommendations of a preservation plan. The proposed project will restore the building to its circa 1915 appearance.

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