Capturing the Heart of Belmar

Share the Unique History of Your Belmar Home!

Belmar is a treasure of architecture styles, from cottages to grand old homes, that reflect not only how our little Boro was formed, but how the American culture has grown.

Our 2016 initiative is to Capture the Heart of  Belmar by preparing a photographic history of the homes in our beautiful Boro. To accomplish this, we need your help. As the Boro continues to evolve, we are losing some of our older homes. Let’s track the beautiful and unique structures we now enjoy. Take a few minutes to capture the historic qualities of your home in photo to include in our newly created pictorial history of the heart of Belmar.

Photos of homes or unique additions/structures at least fifty years old on your property are sought for preservation. If your home is newer on the original footprint and you have photos of the original structure we would welcome photos of “now and then” — the old structure and the new. You can email or bring photos of your home or elements of your property to the Belmar Museum, 900 E Street, Belmar. 


We will include photos of your home,  preserved in our museum. We are particularly interested in older homes or perhaps simply a portion of your structure with some unique feature or architectural style. New homes with before and after photos are also sought.  The following is a list of some of the aspects of your property that are of on-going interest.


What is most intriguing is if you have an older photo of the structure taken at a time of initial construction. It is great if you can capture the structure from the same angle in your current photo. Before and after photos of renovations are always of interest. Documents confirming the date of construction and original owners,builders or architects are very important. If you have deeds, plans or sketches from the early stages of construction, please provide a copy let us make a copy for you to preserve Belmar’s history.


Also, some of the elements of your home or property that should be captured and preserved include:

  • widow’s walk

  • turret

  • original wood wainscoting or flooring

  • unique fireplace

  • old barn or outhouse

  • stained-glass windows

  • original deed  or paperwork

  • so much more ….look around and share your home’s history!

In addition, we welcome your story. If your house has a unique story, an event worth capturing and preserving such as its former life as a boarding house or business, please send us a short description. These wonderful tales add a great deal to preserving our history.


To participate in the project, take a photograph of the outside of your house now.  Photos can be taken by digital or film  camera or cell phone. Be certain to include your name and address as well as the date each photo was taken. You may e-mail the photos and supporting data to the BHS at Kindly state HOME PHOTO in the subject line. You may also bring your photos and information to one of our volunteers at the BHS Museum where we can download it, and return your originals. You do not need to make prints.


The BHS is always looking for old photos of Belmar, and any other Belmar memorabilia you’d like to donate. Please consider sharing your treasures with the BHS so that everyone can enjoy them.


Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about our project. We hope you will take the time to share with us the wonderful house history that is unique to Belmar.