While exploring Cape May County by way of historic trolly tour in Southern New Jersey, I could not help but stop in amazement at one of the most beautifully restored churches I had ever seen. After the tour ended, we drove back over to this church/ residence so that I could take photos. Built in a Gothic Style in 1879, the Franklin Street Methodist Church was built as a house of worship as both a Methodist and then a Baptist Church for the African American community living in Cape May. Just about 8 years ago, a local businessman Bill Sapanaro got his hands on this amazing piece of architecture and transformed the complete interior to create 3 Condo rental units with all of the modern amenities. Sapanaro heads up the Cape May Designer Show House (which benefits the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) and entered his design in 2006. Because historic designation was only made to the exterior of this church, the design teams and architects were able to take full advantage of the interestingly shaped interior with high ceilings as a way to invest in a quite unique property for tourists. Colors have been kept true to the period and the iron gate is all original. Below is a link to the rental listing which includes photos of the interior. The entire restoration of this property took only 5 months.

http://www.capemayrentals.com/729franklinb.html

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