UPDATE 7/13/22: Thank you to everyone who helped us move the A-frame to a new site! Our job is not over yet. Now that it is safely moved, we are shifting our focus to the restoration and preservation of the local landmark. Your donation will help support stewards' interior and exterior repairs, including but not limited to paint, roofing, and mold remediation. Thank you for your continued support.
Preserving the Wildwoods (formally Friends of the J Thompson Baker House/Partners in Preservation) is fundraising to support the cost of moving the iconic Wildwood A-Frame to a new site in Cape May County where it will be safe for years to come.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE A-FRAME at Bennett and Park in Wildwood! This lot is set to be redeveloped within a month but the owners were kind enough to allow us to have the historic A-Frame (history below) if we can move it. SJ Hauck Construction, well-known for saving historic houses all up and down the coast including the Avalon House that was moved to Cape May, is working with us on the price and we are extremely grateful. We need YOUR help to get to our goal, so please donate whatever you can. Every little bit helps.
"It’s been called the pizza slice house, the triangle house and the A house," reporter Tim Hawk wrote for NJ.com. The A-Frame's story has captivated the state and beyond, being featured on NBC 7 New York
, NBC 10 Philadelphia
, NJ Dot Com
, Penn Live
, and beyond. Its history was written by Wildwood Sun By The Sea Magazine (see below), and its architecture has been featured all over Instagram, most notably on Zillow Gone Wild
where it garnered 29,000 likes!
We don't have a lot of time, but by donating whatever you can, we have a chance to save this local landmark. According to The Wildwood Sun by the Sea Magazine, "it was built by Glenn Dye circa 1960. According to Thomas Raniszewski, his family owned the lot and Glenn worked for Scrivanni Buick before it closed to make way for the Wawa at Pine Ave. Although the house may have been adapted as a livable dwelling as the years went on, it was never intended to be a house. Glenn ordered this structure in the form of a kit and built it himself. Such simple, utilitarian structures were available and there are more 'kit houses' on the island then we are aware of. (Many of the homes I’ve featured in The Sun over the years, are “kit houses” ordered from Sears & Roebuck)"
"Glenn built this to be used as a clubhouse for his ‘bottle collector’ group of which Dye was president of the local chapter," the Sun continued. "It was a group of eccentric guys who would meet there on a monthly basis and bring their old bottles found on their digs. They would have show & tell and swap and even sell their bottles to each other. They also had their own quarterly newsletter that may have been published from inside the A House."
Thank you for your support!