The Emlen Physick Estate is a Victorian house museum in Cape May, New Jersey, located at 1048 Washington Street. The 18-room mansion, attributed to acclaimed American architect Frank Furness, was built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick Jr. (1855-1916), descendant of a well-known Philadelphia family, his widowed mother, Mrs. Ralston, and maiden Aunt Emilie. The mansion is closely related to Furness's Knowlton Mansion (1880-81) in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Physick Mansion is one of the finest examples of “Stick Style” architecture in America. Its exterior is distinguished by Furness’s trademark oversized features, including gigantic upside-down corbelled chimneys, hooded “jerkin-head” dormers, and the huge stick-like brackets on the porch. Many original furnishings are on display throughout the house.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) was formed in 1970 to save the Physick Estate from the wrecking ball. The Center operates the estate as a Victorian historic house museum.
The Emlen Physick Estate is one of the more well known vintage homes in Cape May, New Jersey. The house sites a little out of the way of the main town and most will pass it on their way into Cape May. It's an old doctor's office where much went down a long, long time ago. Several years after being called a haunted house and being run down, the town saved the home from being bulldozed and restored it to the grander days it once saw. Today, the house is more of a museum and holds several ghost tours … more