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An architectural curiosity of bygone days, States Villa began its life at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. A gift from the state of Michigan, the building was constructed of wood from Michigan forests and designed in the style of a Chinese pagoda, which the state had sent architects to the Orient in order to copy. At the Exposition, the building was purchased by Barclay Lippincott, who had the structure dismantled and reassembled to become his summer home in Atlantic City at 125 States Avenue. After Barclay Lippincott’s death the building served many uses, including operation as a hotel in the summer seasons, as the Lippincott family were prominent hoteliers in Atlantic City. The fanciful structure, known to its neighbors on States Avenue as “the gingerbread house,” was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1954.  H084.StatesVilla001 

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

Local History Subject Files – Hotels
“The House that Traveled,” article in H084 Postcard Collection

  The unique and ornate States Villa in an undated photograph.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections,  H084.StatesVilla001.

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