Built in 1878, The Ocean House is recognized by the Spring Lake Historical Society as one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the area.
Originally named The Colonial Hotel, guests would arrive for the season, generally from Philadelphia or New York City.
The architectural features of the Ocean House make it truly unique. The Grand Staircase,was painstakingly preserved from the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The top piece of the staircase that did not fit in the building can be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
ABOVE: Sunbathing and gossiping in 1906
The Ocean House is nestled between the beach and Spring Lake on Sussex Ave. The Grand Hotels of yesterday surrounded the area, including the Monmouth and Warren Hotels. The Essex and Sussex still remains as a residential building.
ABOVE: Typical Bath & Tennis attire for a day at the club in 1936.
Pictured with the addition of The Annex, which was built in 1913. The now parking lot was a volleyball court!
Monmouth Ave leading up to the Monmouth Hotel which sat at the South End of Spring Lake.
ABOVE: Spring Lake today
Dororthy Waite Taylor was the inn keeper of the Colonial House until 1979.
"They Call It The Ocean House Now."
Read the Dorothy Waite Remembers article.