| The Carroll Villa, now a 22 room bed and breakfast hotel,is a unique and special building in a city famous for its buildings.There were once many Victorian hotels in Cape May. Now there are only five. Each has its own special charm and ambiance. For its part, the Carroll Villa offers a wonderful combination of a grand, historic building with an unpretentious and creative atmosphere.
Built in 1882 as a seaside escape for families, the Carroll Villa was built in the Italian villa or American bracketed villa style. The Carroll Villa was on the cover of the Cape May handbook as an architectural example of this style which presents an imposing, sweeping porch, tall front windows, a symmetrical facade, and often a cupola, as does the Carroll Villa. The history of the Carroll Villa shows that about a decade later a second section was added to the main building. These new rooms were very small, leading one to the conclusion that they were built as servant quarters for the families occupying the main building. As was true of the seaside villas of the Victorian era, the rooms of the Carroll Villa were spare and austere. When bathrooms were added, they were 'down the hall', two to a floor. There was a common parlor for socializing and a large dining room for meals.
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