From the outside the house, the yellow, two-story property at 111 North 11th St. in Surf Town harkens again to a bygone period, exhibiting off its cozy allure.
That quaintness proceeds inside of the front door in a sunroom that still has the authentic hardwood flooring laid by the builders extra than 8 decades in the past.
The dwelling, just off the corner of 11th Road and Lengthy Beach Boulevard, was crafted among 1936 and 1937 by its authentic proprietor, Francis Bentz, and his brother Herman Bentz. Francis Bentz, who was not married when he created the home, moved into it in 1937. Finally, he and his wife, Mary Cooley, raised 6 children in the home, living there until finally it was marketed in the 1980s.
In 1985, Joe and Maryanne Cusick bought the property and restored the home’s flooring as effectively as a couple of other features in the 2000s. This summer, they experienced a ask for from Bentz’s granddaughter to stop by the property in which she put in summers as a kid. That take a look at took put on July 28.
“We are a substantial Catholic spouse and children. My grandparents also experienced 20 grandchildren and some of my beloved memories are being there in the summer months with my cousins, going to the beach front with the total family members and attending Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church,” Amy Bentz Holmsten mentioned. “My grandparents also owned two corner loads subsequent to the residence and we would perform in the indigenous bushes and grass.”
Bentz Holmsten, of Chadds Ford, Pa., explained a single of her father’s favorite memories of developing up in Surf Metropolis is obtaining to experience in the back again of a police car immediately after college.
“Since there was no bus assistance, the police officer would travel him household,” she reported, introducing, “My dad and his siblings all have very fond reminiscences of rising up there.”
A quick seem at some print-outs of outdated family members pictures reveals a very various landscape all around the property for the duration of the very last century than right now. Bentz Holmsten’s grandfather instructed stories that all through Planet War II blackout curtains ended up necessary because the lights from the house could quite possibly attract consideration because there was really very little close to the loved ones homestead.
She reported her grandfather was a grasp carpenter and with the help of her excellent-uncle crafted the dwelling with out the profit of architectural programs.
“They just drew the exterior,” Holmsten explained of the way they executed their eyesight of the household.
Within at the rear of the sunroom are two doorways foremost into an open up to start with floor dwelling area. Some changes have been produced, but the stairwell primary to the next floor and most of the crown molding are original.
The Cusicks undertook a restoration/renovation in 2007 to 2008, switching out the wooden-burning fire for a gas-operated one particular although adding crown molding and a mantel to the unique brick encompass. Which is also when they tore up carpeting to obtain the heart of pine flooring underneath. The flooring extends via the very first ground of the dwelling.
Pointing to dark places on spots of the floor in the sunroom, Maryanne Cusick stated that’s how they know the wooden experienced h2o sitting down on it all through the program of its life. If the water was from a storm surge, it wasn’t the March 1962 storm, which trapped all-around via five substantial-tide cycles more than a a few-day period and launched the Atlantic to the bay.
“My father reported the Island was a mess, but the property was fine. My dad, his father, brother and uncle drove onto LBI – they had to present evidence they lived there to enter,” Bentz Holmsten mentioned, including, “My grandfather chose a fantastic place to develop.”
Which is evident today as properly. In the fall and winter season months when the days expand shorter, there’s usually a comfortable glow of light-weight emanating from the property that can be observed by motorists and passengers touring north on the Boulevard.
“Mr. And Mrs. Cusick have preserved and modernized the house, and we are all truly amazed and grateful,” Bentz Holmsten stated. “I want to thank them for using this kind of fantastic care of this distinctive house. They have earned recognition for their labors of love and preservation of our history.”
She hadn’t been back again to the property considering that it sold when she was about 8 years old, even even though she has returned to the Island to pay a visit to loved ones members who have residences in Ship Bottom. The catalyst for her check out, she explained, was time put in heading through outdated photographs and then the pay a visit to of her brother to the Island.
She arrived about midday with her husband and two children, and they ended up ushered inside by Maryanne to tour the dwelling.
Outdoors, Bentz Holmsten solved the thriller of the detached garage with an apartment higher than it in a large aspect large amount. It was developed for her good-aunts in 1947, she reported.
— Gina G. Scala