So I think about finding the right protégé who would take it for the next 60 years.” He pauses, and laughs again. 83,875 were here. America's oldest seaside resort providing hospitality since 1816. Hotel’s gone. “People used to come here for health reasons, and to breathe the ocean air in, and I wanted that to be part of the feel of the room. Bashaw, along with his cousin Norris Clark, disentangled the mess, and set his sights on integrating the Admiral and Congress Hall with Cape May’s burgeoning Victorian renaissance. Fitness Room access is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. “A quarter century after the country was founded, this hotel was a watering hole, a gathering spot. For those with hearing impairments, the "Birthplace of a Nation" pamphlet provides written information about the rooms shown on the tour. Indeed, according to Tommy’s Folly, a book by Jack Wright that recounts the history of Congress Hall, Knight left the brick unpainted to reassure visitors that, like the last of the Three Little Pigs’ houses, it was rock solid. His Christian Beacon had a circulation of 650,000 at its peak, and McIntire’s radio broadcasts had 20 million listeners over 600 radio stations around the country. Using his newfound business acumen, Bashaw started to decide what he could save from his grandfather’s bankrupt empire. Today, you'll find cutting-edge restaurants in the parlors and terraces of former summer homes, as well as trendy boutiques and shops lining the wooden storefronts of Washington Street. “That was an insane process! Among other things, Bashaw credits McIntire for keeping Congress Hall intact in an era when it could easily have been a victim of a wrecking ball. “The town was asleep, and he’s on a thousand radio stations, the main fundamentalist guy in America, this God-and-country preacher. Air Mail; Boarding Pass; Passport; Enclosure; Flat Card; Letterpress, Foil & White Ink Renovation. Philadelphians immediately offered the use of their new court house as a meeting place for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, making Congress Hall the oldest building to serve as such. Mount Vernon? At a minimum, it would require tens of millions of dollars. A part of the old Independence Hall (Old Pennsylvania Capitol Building). Does it have anything to do with Congress? In speeches around town, Bashaw has outlined a series of ideas for the future of Cape May, including expanded low-cost and affordable housing, ideas for improving the island’s schools, changes in zoning rules, creation of an expanded, car-free pedestrian town in the city center during peak season, and more attention to the city’s public spaces. It lived through emancipation, through women’s suffrage.” Not to mention two world wars, a depression, and its fair share of hurricanes and nor’easters. Thomas Hughes. Perhaps Uhler’s main contribution was the addition of a round-faced cocktail joint on Beach Avenue. The Music and Congress Hall is not just a place for music. Knight, who didn’t really want to be in the hotel business, and the year after he takes it over it burns to the ground!”, For Bashaw, who grew up in Cape May and for whom Congress Hall was part of the furniture of his childhood, the people who came before him have created a unique sort of collective legacy, and he sees himself as the heir to all of it. Complimentary WiFi is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Our Housekeeping Team will refresh your room twice a day if you'd like, replacing linens and using enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure your space is spotless. And he did it all from his headquarters in Cape May. Enjoy classical music, rock & pop concerts, a theater play, a … Now $180 (Was $̶3̶1̶5̶) on Tripadvisor: Congress Hall, Cape May. And his holdings include the Acme shopping plaza and the retail arcade along Ocean Street. There is a photo album showing images of the upper floor for those not able to climb the stairs to the second floor. Please visit our sister properties The Sandpiper and The Star for availability. Working with a prominent carpet design firm, Colleen experimented time and time again until she felt it was right. She stuck to her guns. Except Congress Hall. (The Press of Atlantic City/ Viviana Pernot) In a town where history is everywhere, whose sprawling Historic District itself earned the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Congress Hall stands out as a singular landmark. In the 1950s, under the bulky Joe Uhler, who’d taken over Congress Hall from the Knights during World War II—when it profited handsomely by hosting military personnel from nearby bases—the stately old edifice saw itself turn tacky, with the color scheme and décor turning to deep red paint and burgundy velour in keeping with the look of, say, a bordello in New Orleans. For one thing, it didn’t operate on a year-round basis, just in the summer season. Congratulations Ashley and Jim- we love you guys! The Fitness Room is reserved for one guest at a time and is sanitized between sessions. Curtis Bashaw, owner of Congress Hall, in the Blue Pig Tavern which is the restaurant in Congress Hall, which turns 200 in 2016. “It was hard to prepare,” she says. Not only did his radical-right politics rub some people the wrong way, but he was seen as a threat by the powers-that-be in Cape May’s establishment. Carl Curtis McIntire, born in 1902, was a Biblical literalist who in 1936 founded the Christian Beacon newspaper and, the following year, established the Bible Presbyterian Church. As our guest, you'll be right in the middle of Cape May's historic downtown. The Congress Hall of the early 1990s was a vastly different place from the way it is today. Beach Service is included in your stay as a Congress Hall guest. “Or imagine being poor Jacob Cake, who built the Perry Street wing, expanding it to accommodate 800 guests. The Congress Hall is an exceptional hotel close to shopping. “We can’t find any other.” And while it’s possible to quibble with that—it depends, in part, on how many rooms you use to define a hotel as opposed to, say, an inn or guest house—it’s not easy to prove him wrong. Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ on Instagram: “✨Leaping for Joy! “We really didn’t have enough money to finish the building the way we wanted to, in 2001-2002,” she says. The Congress Hall is located on 6th Street side which make the whole compound completed with the Old City Hall on the other side of the Independence Hall… Does the government own it? But, for all the work, it retains its magnificent, historic personality and its grand dame charm. Sessions are first-come, first-serve. © 2020 Cape Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. The Sea Spa at Congress Hall is a full-service spa that offers unique ocean-inspired treatments in a bright, uplifting atmosphere. 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