NJ. The Abbey in Cape May, an 1870 Gothic Revival, is one of the most heavily photographed houses in America. Built by John McCreary, a Pennsylvania coal baron, as a summer home. Though mostly Gothic Revival, the huge Italianate-style tower with its massive Second-Empire-style roof makes it a unique Victorian classic. The house today is a bed and breakfast inn.
It was partially destroyed by a great fire March 13, 1932, just after the baron Robert Lejeune, then owner of the castle, had been installing new central heating. The castle now remains in ruins. Only the chapel behind the castle was spared and still in reasonable condition.