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Restore this National Historic Landmark resort into a legendary boutique hotel.
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Thank you for revitalizing this beachfront historic landmark in Cape May!

We're so grateful for this Kickstarter community of visionaries that bring creative projects to life for supporting our restoration of beautiful 5 Perry Street in Cape May.  Follow us to see our progress as we renovate this Victorian landmark - or come see us there in person!  

We'll keep you up to date on our restoration, and we anticipate taking reservations for the summer starting at the end of January.  Thanks again to all of our backers for helping us restore 5 Perry Street into your favorite boutique hotel. 

WELCOME!

Welcome to 5 Perry Street!  We're restoring and preserving this Victorian beachside National Historic Landmark hotel in beautiful Cape May - and we're sure it will soon become the gem of the Cape May beachfront, a home for creative projects and special events, and your favorite boutique hotel vacation destination.  

Views from the suites, renovation in progress, and some 1930s and 1940s newspapers we found covering the floorboards.
Views from the suites, renovation in progress, and some 1930s and 1940s newspapers we found covering the floorboards.

5 Perry Street celebrates its 140th year in 2019.  We're determined to complete our renovations and open for the summer season to commemorate the property's history of hospitality. We've attempted this massive restoration project on our own to this point, but now we're counting on you to ignite our momentum and get us to opening day.  

If you like architecture, interior design, historic preservation, creative and artistic events, the beach, Cape May, or just the sound of crashing waves lulling you to sleep at night, you're in the right place.  Follow our project to track our progress and we'll update this space frequently so our backers can share our journey with new pictures and videos as we rehabilitate this architectural gem.  We'll also share some local Cape May flavor - and maybe a ghost story or two.

Our soft, oversized, 100% cotton 35" x 60" custom beach towel with the 5 Perry Street logo and a velvety terry/velour finish will be available for all of our guests - and you can get it first by backing now!
Our soft, oversized, 100% cotton 35" x 60" custom beach towel with the 5 Perry Street logo and a velvety terry/velour finish will be available for all of our guests - and you can get it first by backing now!

Any pledge amount helps restore this National Historic Landmark building and brings us one step closer to opening our doors to guests.  Help us revive this extraordinary boutique hotel by clicking the "Back This Project" button at the top of the page.  And score some fantastic backer rewards - like this beach towel or our coffee mug with the 5 Perry Street logo!

Start your day with our 14 ounce ceramic custom coffee mug with the 5 Perry Street logo. This same coffee mug will be stocked in all of our suites.
Start your day with our 14 ounce ceramic custom coffee mug with the 5 Perry Street logo. This same coffee mug will be stocked in all of our suites.

CAPE MAY

Cape May, located at the southern-most tip of New Jersey where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, is recognized as America's first seaside resort.  Ranked one of the top ten beaches in America by the Travel Channel, Cape May is a perennial favorite among guests and has been ranked second best beach in America and ninth best beach in the world by TripAdvisor travelers.

Due to its large number of well-preserved Victorian homes - the second largest in the nation outside of San Francisco - the entire historic district of Cape May was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.  5 Perry Street is one of the key contributing properties supporting Cape May's National Historic Landmark designation, and we're grateful to have the opportunity to lead its restoration and excited to have you involved.

5 PERRY STREET

5 Perry Street sits on the best block in Cape May, with the beach to the south side, historic Congress Hall to the northwest, and the best restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and amenities in town to all sides.  Built in 1879 in the aftermath of a great fire in 1878 that destroyed many blocks of property in Cape May, 5 Perry Street has long served as a hotel accommodating summer tourists.    

August 25, 1891 advertisement for 5 Perry Street, then the Hotel Oriole, in the Cape May Daily Star.  "All Rooms Face Ocean.”
August 25, 1891 advertisement for 5 Perry Street, then the Hotel Oriole, in the Cape May Daily Star. "All Rooms Face Ocean.”

5 Perry Street has a long history of serving as one of the prime accommodation options in Cape May.  With ocean views from most rooms and several with ocean-facing private porches, loyal guests have returned through generations.

Clockwise from upper left:  c. 1880 beachfront; c. 1910 view of the beachfront; c. 1920 postcard, 5 Perry Street (then called The Strand); c. 1920 postcard of 5 Perry Street (pink building in upper right corner) overlooking the beach.
Clockwise from upper left: c. 1880 beachfront; c. 1910 view of the beachfront; c. 1920 postcard, 5 Perry Street (then called The Strand); c. 1920 postcard of 5 Perry Street (pink building in upper right corner) overlooking the beach.

But 5 Perry Street fell into disrepair from neglect and has not been operational for many years.  We have embarked on this project to restore 5 Perry Street into the premier vacation destination in Cape May.  

Clockwise from upper left:  1940s beach view with umbrellas; 1960s postcard of the beach at Perry Street; current day (middle); c. 1967 postcard view from the ocean; 1980s facade.
Clockwise from upper left: 1940s beach view with umbrellas; 1960s postcard of the beach at Perry Street; current day (middle); c. 1967 postcard view from the ocean; 1980s facade.

OUR PROJECT

Restoring this beautiful property has been a colossal endeavor.  When we acquired it, many parts of the building were in a dilapidated state.  The foundation was deteriorating and some of the wood posts supporting the structure had rotted.  The roof was leaking in many places, with buckets placed to capture the condensation.  Much of the third floor mansard roof had rotted and showed significant damage.  The fascia and soffits had rotted to the extent that birds had roosted in the eaves.

To date, we have accomplished several important steps in our project, including:

  • acquiring the property; 
  • coordinating with the Cape May Historic Preservation Commmission and local construction office for approvals and permits;  
  • securing the foundation with new supports and concrete; 
  • reframing first floor porch supports, replacing rotted wood;
  • replacing the flat roof in full; 
  • restoring the mansard roof (the third floor walls that slope down and house the dormer windows), reframing portions where the original wood had rotted to ensure its durability;
  • replacing the eighteen dormer windows on the third floor with historically appropriate wood windows where aluminum and vinyl windows had previously been installed;
  • demolition of interior spaces that are being renovated, maintaining original historic details such as hardwood floors and original windows, doors and trim; 
  • designing renovated suites with additional bathrooms and kitchenettes; and
  • identifying the team of subcontractors and workers that will perform additional plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry work necessary to finish the project.

We've focused on the most essential elements to preserve and protect the building.  Now we need your help to renovate the interior, update the building's systems, and make cosmetic "same for same" renovations to the exterior that honor the architectural uniqueness of the building.

Ocean and sunset views through south- and west-facing windows of the suites.
Ocean and sunset views through south- and west-facing windows of the suites.

Incomparable and irreplaceable architectural, structural and historic elements define this hotel.  And now that we've completed most of the restoration work to the structure, we have plans to make the interior space an unforgettable refuge and your favorite vacation spot.  To bring this vision to life, we're relying on your support.  Back our project at any level, and you'll contribute to maintaining an important piece of Cape May's history and creating an extraordinary seaside resort.

Designs for renovated suites.
Designs for renovated suites.
Renderings of the renovated suites.
Renderings of the renovated suites.

YOUR PROPRIETRESS & THE TEAM

May 10, 1902 newspaper announcement of "Rudolph's New Management" at 5 Perry Street, when Mrs. Robert C. Hughes became the "Queen of the Rudolph."  Photograph of the Rudolph c. 1907.  Mrs. Robert C. Hughes seems like a tough act to follow!
May 10, 1902 newspaper announcement of "Rudolph's New Management" at 5 Perry Street, when Mrs. Robert C. Hughes became the "Queen of the Rudolph." Photograph of the Rudolph c. 1907. Mrs. Robert C. Hughes seems like a tough act to follow!

Founder and CEO Cindy Mullock has spearheaded two renovation projects previously and has extensive experience in design, renovations, and restoration of Victorian-era buildings. As a lawyer in NYC, she has been on the founding and executive management teams of successful start-up businesses and is a consummate project manager. Our team also counts on the knowledge and wisdom of many subject matter experts from within and outside of the Cape May community, who offer advice and guidance from their vast expertise. Our subcontractors and work crew are first-rate, have a deep comprehension of the unique challenges presented by the restoration of Victorian properties, and present impressive track records for delivering excellent work product.

Friends and lovers of 5 Perry Street, we can't wait to see you all here!  Please back this project at any level to bring this historic beauty back to life, and share our dream and project page with your friends.

Risks and challenges

We own the building and have the plans, workers, and talent to make this renovation happen, so our project is on course. We have accomplished many of our restoration goals, though a significant amount of work remains for the next several months in order for us to meet our timeline. Construction and renovations are infamous for delays. We think we've built a realistic timeframe for completing the work, in the context of our previous renovation experience and in consultation with our expert subcontractors and advisors. We're already working, and we'll keep our community apprised of our progress. We anticipate involving our backers in every step of the process. Want to join in? We'll let our backers know about opportunities to grab a paint brush and lend a hand!

Our rewards that do not involve accommodations will be shipped shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends, as soon as we receive your backer surveys. We have already identified our vendors and anticipate ordering enough of each item before the end of the campaign to ensure prompt delivery in time for the holidays for US domestic backers who respond to our survey promptly. Our rewards that involve accommodations and events at 5 Perry Street never expire, so all backers will receive their rewards. We are going to work our hardest to ensure that everything remains on schedule, but if we do run into unexpected delays, we will be able to schedule stays or events when the project is complete. With the right funding from our backers, we'll be ready to finalize work on the building and complete our interior design to be open for the 2019 season.

Thanks for your confidence in our vision and for participating in the revival of this captivating space. Your involvement is critical to our successful preservation of this historic boutique hotel. We cannot wait to show you the finished design that you supported and helped flourish. We'll see you at 5 Perry Street!

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    Perry Post

    We'll send you a custom inaugural year postcard, commemorating the building's 140th birthday and your role as an original backer of the 5 Perry Street restoration. Frame it on your desk, post it on your refrigerator, save it to show your grandchildren the hotel that you helped revive. Back 5 Perry Street at any level and track our progress as we restore this magnificent historic building to its former glory with modern amenities. We'll add you to the Perry Post, where you'll receive updates on our project, special events, the building's history, art and cultural functions, and more.

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    The Cup of Dreams

    Start your day with our custom coffee mug and daydream about sipping that cup of joe by the ocean on the private porch of your luxury suite next summer at the historic hotel you helped restore in Victorian Cape May. This same coffee mug will be stocked in all of our rooms. It's our way of saying thanks for helping us revitalize this landmark building and beautify Cape May's beachfront. Also receive all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    Tour of Perry (in person or virtual)

    Join us for a tour of the historic landmark hotel you helped revive. We'll share stories from our renovation process, recount the history of the hotel and show you our stunning beach views. End your tour with a refreshing beverage and snack in our parlor and on our front porch. Tours will be held throughout summer and fall 2019, including some seasonal tours (for instance Halloween and holiday season tours).

    Can't join in person? No problem! We'll invite you to a virtual tour of the hotel you helped create! Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    Perry Perspectives: A Digital Photo Book

    Once our restoration is complete, we'll send you a digital kit of high resolution photographs of the finished building and our restoration process. Enjoy them on your screen, use them as a background, or have one or more professionally printed and framed as a lasting reminder that you supported the beautification of Cape May's beachfront and made this inspiring space possible.

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    The Perry Beach Package

    Hit the Cape May beaches with our soft, oversized, 30" x 60" custom beach towel with the 5 Perry Street logo. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    Perry Supporter - Your Name Engraved

    See your name engraved on a brick or stepping stone around the garden patio of the landmark hotel you helped restore. We'll send you a digital photo of the inscription as our thanks for your involvement in our renovation project. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    A Piece of Perry - The Salvage Package

    Own an authentic wooden sawn baluster salvaged from our National Historic Landmark contributing property and help fund the restoration of 5 Perry Street's wrap-around porches. An iconic souvenir of the restoration, this reclaimed vintage architectural gingerbread will be inscribed subtly with "5 Perry Street ~ Cape May" as our certification that it came from 5 Perry Street. These wooden balusters are painted in antique white, and show authentic signs of weathering in their salvaged state. Frame your baluster or leave it unframed as a unique wall decoration, or mount it as a repurposed shelf. Our same-for-same restoration is replacing these balusters, many of which will be repurposed as wooden furniture or decorative elements at 5 Perry Street. Own a piece of 5 Perry Street's past as you help build its future. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    A Night at 5 Perry Street

    Join us for one night at 5 Perry Street, the landmark hotel you helped restore! One mid-week (Mon - Thurs) night stay in one of our luxurious, bespoke suites at 35% off our future rate, any dates outside of high season (after Labor Day weekend 2019 through/excluding Memorial Day weekend in May). If you choose to upgrade to a weekend or high season stay, we'll honor your reward toward our rates. Your Kickstarter reward never expires. You can use it during our inaugural season in 2019, the 140th anniversary of the building, or in any future year. Also receive all rewards at the Perry Post level.

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    Perry Parlor Day Reception

    Host a special event or sponsor a creative project for up to 40 people in our first floor event space, Perry Parlor, and its wrap-around porches and garden patio. Invite your friends for brunch, lunch or an afternoon reception - live performances, art exhibitions, wedding rehearsals, cocktail parties, birthdays, family reunions. Make 5 Perry Street the home for your creative event or special occasion. This reward includes the event space, including kitchen and preparation area. The backer/host is responsible for catering, beverages, service and cleaning, but we would be happy to help or refer you. A daytime gathering of up to 4 hours ending by 4:00pm, plus one hour prep and cleaning time. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

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    Perry Parlor Soirée

    Host an evening reception or sponsor a creative project for up to 40 people in our first floor event space, Perry Parlor, and its wrap-around porches and garden patio. Invite your friends for dinner or an evening reception - live performances, art exhibitions, wedding rehearsals, cocktail parties, birthdays, family reunions. Make 5 Perry Street the home for your creative event or special occasion. This reward includes the event space, including kitchen and preparation area. You provide any catering, beverages, service and cleaning, but we would be happy to help or refer you. An evening event of up to 4 hours ending by 10:30pm, plus one hour prep and cleaning time. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

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    EARLY BIRD Perry Frolic - Low Season

    Three-night stay in any suite you choose, any dates outside of high season (after Labor Day weekend 2019 through/excluding Memorial Day weekend in May). Your Kickstarter reward never expires. You can use it during our inaugural season in 2019, the 140th anniversary of the building, or in any future year. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

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    EARLY BIRD Perry Retreat - Your Choice!

    High season long weekend/four-night stay OR low season week in your choice of one of our most luxurious suites - with king-sized bed, private bath, kitchenette and sweeping ocean and sunset views; many with private porches (at election of backer). Your Kickstarter reward never expires. You can use it during our inaugural season in 2019, the 140th anniversary of the building, or in any future year. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

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    The Perry Retreat - Your Choice!

    High season long weekend/four-night stay OR low season week in your choice of one of our most luxurious suites - with king-sized bed, private bath, kitchenette and sweeping ocean and sunset views; many with private porches (at election of backer). 20% off of our standard high season/weekend rates. Your Kickstarter reward never expires. You can use it during our inaugural season in 2019, the 140th anniversary of the building, or in any future year. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

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    The Perry Reunion

    Join us with your friends and family for a full week, no restrictions, at 35% off of our standard rates. You choose an entire floor - either six luxury suites with captivating views on the third floor or five luxury suites (four with private porches) on the second and first floors. Accommodates up to 17 people. Your Kickstarter reward never expires. You can use it during our inaugural season in 2019, the 140th anniversary of the building, or in any future year. Also enjoy all rewards at the Perry Supporter level.

    Bring your friends and family to enjoy your own floor of suites for one week. During your stay, we'll organize a photograph of your group assembled on our front porches, which we will provide to you in high-resolution digital form as a souvenir commemorating your stay and also hang on our wall to remain in the hotel archives. All of your guests will receive a welcome package, including 5 Perry Street custom branded keepsakes and treats to memorialize their stay, plus a welcome cocktail reception in Perry Parlor and on the porches, and other special events throughout the week. Our dedicated staff will help arrange outings and provide suggestions for dinners, golf/tennis, spa treatments, ghost tours, trolley rides - you name it (optional activities are supplemental to accommodation fees).

    A week-long stay is ideal for wedding party accommodations, family reunions, corporate retreats, or a social getaway with your favorite people. Make it a vacation you and yours will never forget in the landmark beachside boutique hotel that you helped restore!

    For exclusive use of the full building or high season group stays, please contact us.

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