In 1903, Murry Guggenheim acquired a property at the Jersey Shore formally owned by Norman L. Munro. The estate that once stood in the shadow of the still standing Guggenheim Mansion was named, Normanhurst. Construction on the symmetrical summer cottage began in 1903 and was completed by 1905 by Carrere and Hastings architectural firm.
The estate functioned as a summer cottage for Murry, Leonie, and their two children Edmund and Lucille. There are two curved corridors lined with arched openings on the south side of the cottage. Nestled between the halls is a courtyard that was once meticulously landscaped with hedges and various flowers.
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Written and Photographed by Matthew J. Niewenhous