Beach Haven

Historic Preservation Advisory Committee


The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is always looking for  good citizens to join  the Committee. If you would like to get involved with your community and are able to work well on a committee, we would be glad to have you. Interested residents can apply one of two ways, by filling out the online Citizen Leadership Form or by printing out the PDF version, both listed below.  If you should have any questions, please contact the Borough Clerk’s Office at 609-492-0111 ext. 216.

Online Form: Citizen Leadership Form


All meetings will be moved to the new Borough location:

420 Pelham Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) was created in 2004, as an umbrella to the Land Use Board, with the primary purpose to preserve our local heritage, cultural, historical and archival symbols of the past. As of 2007 the historic district was expanded to cover 30 square blocks, with its boundary running from 5th Street to Chatsworth Avenue and from Bay Avenue to Atlantic Avenue.

       HPAC provides assistance to property owners in shaping changes and improvements to properties, while meeting the standards of the Beach Haven’s zoning ordinances and preservation guidelines and Standards. In early planning stages of a project, owners are encouraged to contact HPAC.

Historical Preservation Advisory Commission
4 Year Appointments by the Mayor
Commissioner Class Term
Bernard Tool A 12/31/2016
Jeanette Lloyd B 12/31/2017
Robert Smith B 12/31/2015
James M. Ciardelli C 12/31/2017
June MacFarlane C 12/31/2014
Martha Lodge C 12/31/2015
Kitty Snyder C 12/31/2016
Eleanor Cranmer Ollivier C, Alt #1 12/31/2015
Genevieve Cunningham C, Alt #2 12/31/2014
Lorraine Rumi Secretary
Click here to contact the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

2014 Meeting Schedule
HPAC Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 4:00 PM.
January 28 May 27 September 30
February 25 June 24 October 28
March 25 July 29 November 25
April 29 August 26 December 30


HPAC Annual Meeting Notice for 2014

Resolution #2013-021 Annual Meeting Schedule 2014



HPAC May 27, 2014 Agenda

HPAC  April 29, 2014  Agenda

HPAC February 25 2014 Agenda

HPAC January 28 2014 agenda – reorganization

HPAC Meeting Minutes

HPAC June 24, 2014 Minutes

HPAC May 27, 2014 Minutes

HPAC April 29, 2014 Minutes

HPAC December 17, 2013 Minutes

HPAC November 26 2013 Minutes

HPAC Archives

HPAC Archived 2013 Agendas & Minutes

HPAC Archived documents

Archival Library

HPAC  continues to extend its Archival Library. If anyone is in possession of photographs of street scenes or individual houses between 5th Street and Chatsworth Avenue from 1870 to 1960, please submit them to June MacFarlane Borough Hall 300 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 or call at 207-0886 or Jeanette Lloyd at 492-2794. All photos will be scanned & originals will be returned. Thank you for all your help!

A Great Example of What We are Trying to Preserve!


Williams Cottage Inn

Housed in a majestic Queen Anne style home located on New Jersey’s famed Long Beach Island, and listed in both State and National historic registers, the “Williams Cottage Inn” is the culmination of a painstaking three-year effort to save one of the few remaining beachfront Victorian estates left in the Garden State from the wrecking ball.Originally constructed in 1886 by legendary Philadelphia architectural firm Wilson Brothers & Company, the once palatial summer retreat of Dr. Edward Williams had deteriorated over the years and was about to be demolished, when the Blahut family of Southern Ocean County came forward and purchased the property to keep it from being destroyed.  Their goal was to carefully restore the landmark circa 1880s residence to its former grandeur and transform it into a truly outstanding small luxury hotel, thereby promoting the local economy and history of the Beach Haven community.“The Queen Anne style mansions built in Beach Haven at the end of the 1800s are among the most beautiful historic buildings in the State.  These wonderful turn-of-the-century Victorian homes are the reason Beach Haven is referred to as “the Queen City” of the Jersey shore.  They form an essential part of the history of our community and those of us who love Beach Haven could not bear to see the old Williams house torn down”, said owner and developer of the property Jim Blahut.  “We have turned the house into a luxurious eight room Bed & Breakfast not just so people can have a great place to stay when visiting Long Beach Island, but also to preserve a very important piece of our history”.Known locally as “the Onion Dome” for its distinct onion-shaped cupola, the meticulously restored Williams Cottage Inn includes a grand entry parlor, formal dining room, large library and eight luxurious guest rooms each with a unique theme and décor. The Inn is located at the center of Beach Haven’s recently expanded historic preservation district and sits less than a hundred yards from Long Beach Island’s spectacular eighteen mile long beach, a pristine stretch of sea and sand consistently ranked as one of the best summer vacation spots in the entire United States.   For more information go to