Moving A Victorian Hotel – The Shamrock – Video Recap
Yesterday, January 19th, was finally the day we got to see some Wildwood history saved.
At 8 o’clock this morning, crews started inching the historic Victorian Hotel off of its location and onto the street.
According to Taylor Henry from the Wildwoods Historical Society, located at 3907 Pacific Ave, the house was built in 1900 the Berwind Hotel.
This hotel was built in a Queen Anne resort architecture. It was one of a number of popular Victorian architectural styles that emerged in the United States during the period from roughly 1880 to 1910.
Not too many of these kinds of houses still exist on our island.
Investors Jeffrey Pellerin and Fred Davis partnered as Davis and Pellerin and built the Berwind Hotel at a time where Pacific ave was the main hub of the island.
In 1937, the Ward Family, from Donegal Ireland, purchased the hotel and turned the first floor into Shamrock Beef & Ale.
The bar took off so well that they expanded by raising the house and adding the bar under it. There the bar flourished for 84 years.
Fast forward to last year, the land that the shamrock sat on was sold to BG Capital. Since they purchased the land there had been rumors that this land will become a parking lot for their other projects.
Those other projects include the Residences on Pacific and an un-named project where the VFW currently stands.
According to a press release by the owner of the Berwind Hotel, which we are calling the Shamrock House, BG Capital wanted to see this building saved for Wildwood’s history.
Over the past few weeks, we have been covering the work the crews have been doing by removing the bar and lowering the house. This prep work would allow for a smooth move.
We were there to cover the entire 10 hour moving day. Things took longer than expected and in the end, the house was left on Lincoln Avenue overnight.
Below is the recap video of the move which includes history facts, drone footage, time-lapses, and more.
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