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Historical Images: The DuBois Estate 80 Years Before Demolition

A new weekly feature includes photographs from the Ocean City Historical Museum collection and from the modern era.

This week's "Then and Now" features the home recently demolished at 647 Battersea Road that was know as the DuBois estate.

The first photo shows the home, which was built in 1924, circa 1930. The second photo shows the home as it stood for the last 87 years and as many will remember it. The third and fourth images show the home as it was being demolished on May 16, 2011. For more information about the home, see this

To see more historical photos of Ocean City, visit the Ocean City Historical Museum in the  at 1735 Simpson Ave.

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See also: Fred Miller's "" photos, which run every Sunday.

Frank April 07, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Did anyone read Michael McMahons explanation????? Scroll back up and READ it before commenting...
Oceancity Resident April 07, 2013 at 05:09 PM
The problem in this town is the sub-division of existing lots. Its driven purely by greedy realtors and developers. If a lot had a single on it previously that should be all that can be built on it in the future. No more splitting lots and no more putting duplexes where a single once stood.
Frank April 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I certainly agree with adding more single family homes.
Frank April 07, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Ellen - I agree it is sad to see that beautiful property demolished. We will never see architecture like that again...it is unfortunate.
james April 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Some homes deserve to be torn down , they are mold infested fire hazards. In with the new out with the old. You want space move to the pinelands!
Colleen Schroeder April 07, 2013 at 06:47 PM
While I, too, feel sad that this historical house could have somehow been preserved, the property owners couldn't afford the upkeep and taxes on the property. That said, I wish I could live in a house as lovely as being built currently. Go drive by in person.
james April 07, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Don't forget it was for sale and no one wanted it However all the lots sold in a few months Doesn't that tell you something?
Sko Hayes April 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Dana, you are building a beautiful home in a wonderful town for your kids. I love all the windows. You're very lucky! Don't let the others get you down.
Rita April 07, 2013 at 11:34 PM
James it is not about space but character. I have been going to OC for a long time and it has lost so much of its character. Builders are destroying communities at the shore and in Montogomery Co , PA. All for the almighty $$$.
Oceancity Resident April 08, 2013 at 12:09 AM
That tells me the zoning is screwed up. Developers and property owners know they can sub-divide a lot like that so they set the price out of site. Split it up and make even more. Take splitting lots entirely off the table. There is not a property left on this island that should be split into multiple lots.
Jack Geisler April 08, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I believe Josiah DuBois was involved in the Nurenberg war trials?
Jack Geisler April 08, 2013 at 12:42 AM
The DuBois' had a family house in Woodbury built in the late 1800's. It was abandoned for years in the early '60's. Just after the city bought it to tear it down, I went through it. There were thousands of docuyments piled in the attic. Many were O.C. deeds, ins piolicies from Oc., hundreds of old checks from the bank building-801 Asbury, and deeds from the gardens. I saved some but there was so much. Some of the gardens lots were sold in the late '20's for thousands above their purchase price only a few weeks earlier. I think one of the family was or ran for O.C./ solicitor in ther'30's.
Jason April 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Dana, I believe the SINGLE FAMILY home you are building is beautiful. So all you critics that believe OC needs more single family homes then you should be applauding this build! (I'm addressing you Debi, Oceacityresident, Frank) Go complain about the duplexes somewhere else because all 6 lots are single family lots. These people have no right to criticize your home without even knowing the details or story for the people building the house. I know Dana and her husband have spent a lot of time, money and worry to get their home to where it is today. Persevering through bad weather and setbacks are tough enough but to read critiques about something that you have poured your heart into is tough. SERIOUSLY Richard Jacoby I would love to know where I can read some of your other home reviews. They are so precise and in-depth! As for all of you other people that miss the Estate so much, where were you when the owner was struggling to pay the taxes. If you all cared so much why didn't you all come together and help the owner pay his taxes so that you could continue to play football or sled. or throw some benefits to raise money to help preserve the estate. I feel really bad for Donald DuBois losing the home his family passed down to him and the situation that he had to go through with the city officials. That must have been someone else s problem.
walt hays April 08, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Monk, I have the same question- used to surf with a Bob Glaspey in the 60's. He was a great quaterback for OCHS-1967. Also for Paul Sweeney- did you used to live on Park Place back then? Might remember me as Buddy Hays.
walt hays April 08, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Bought my first surf board from George Gerlach ? Surfers Supplies 64 or there abouts. Best of luck with your new home!
walt hays April 08, 2013 at 05:13 AM
For Monk Dean- think I found him: Has to be him. Went to Ca. to surf after HS instead of play football for U of P. Here is info I got from google search: Robert C. Glaspey Vice Pesident of Sales at Unifoil Corporation Wayne, PennsylvaniaPackaging and Containers Previous Graphic Packaging International, Smurfit Stone Education United States International University
Bob April 08, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Ocean City is not a retirement community but a thriving family-oriented town ready to make new traditions and new memories. It is a wonderful thing to see a young family support the community. This is why Ocean City continues to remain a unique and special place. It is a town acceptable to change and growth for new generations. Wishing all young families great memories and new adventures!
dana linthicum April 08, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Thank you to all of the neighbors and people who have reached out to us with kind words and support. You are all welcome to come over and sled on the 3 inches of grass we have between the house and sidewalk.
walt hays April 08, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Forget the sledding- but i will take a new Hobie Noserider from SS 9'6" lol
Jason April 09, 2013 at 01:19 AM
haha. Too nice . . . Bob (from above) you are a good, wise man! They are a great family that does everything in their power to support the community! More people should be like them! Frank, you are also a good person who takes the time to learn the facts and read the information! Thanks for that! You tried to continuously educate the dense over and over so for that I applaud you!
Jason April 09, 2013 at 02:33 AM
http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/ocean-city-mainmenu/ocean-city-general-news/11684-end-of-an-era-as-dubois-estate-falls.html Oceancity Resident please read the above article. According to the article this property had no "developers" involved, and the owner had no option but to sub-divide in order to move the property and avoid financial hardship. The article also eludes to the fact that the owner put in some type of stipulation that only single family homes be built on the sub-divided lots. . . .Oceancity Resident, if that is your real name, please learn your facts before you bring up some arguments that are warranted for another patch article and not this one.
Jason April 09, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Rita, please refer to my comment above to Oceancity Resident. The "builders destroying communities" argument is not warranted in this case. There were no greedy developers here. I agree there are many cases where it is happening but this is not one!
walt hays April 09, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Jason, wanted to reply to a post you made earlier but no reply button- Just wanted to say If everyone had to post with their real name, maybe there wouldn't be so many underhanded comments made on these forums- Just a thought
Jaime April 09, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I live right across the street from this property. Is it sad to see a grand old home torn down, of course, but please remember that neither Dana nor any of the other new property owners tore that old house down and divided the property. That issue lies with the city and previous owner of the estate so please don't insult these people and the home they've worked so hard to build. I am thrilled that Dana and her family will be my new neighbors and I just hope that the rest of the property owners are as kind and friendly as they are.
Oceancity Resident April 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Exactly. I don't blame these people for subdividing the property and making as much money as they could off of it. I fault the city for allowing any lots at all to be divided into multiple lots.
Frank April 09, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Jason - thank you for your kind words they are much appreciated. I tried to correct any misinformation. Unfortunately as a result I was verbally attacked. I have decided to minimize my contribution to this forum. I do not wish to participate in something that is full of misguided negativity.
Jason April 10, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Frank- It saddens me to hear that your were verbally attacked for merely trying to reference people to the facts that are just a click away and couple minutes of light reading. Frank please do not let this small minded bully stop or limit you in any way from merely speaking the truth and using common sense to point people to where they can find facts about topics they think they know about. Your persistent attempts mere not in vain and did not go un-noticed by Dana and her family. She thanks you for defending the just. To the person who attacked you- you should be ashamed of yourself!!! Frank did nothing wrong and was extremely non-confrontational. He was merely a guide trying to refer people to the facts as they were written in the articles. He did nothing to be verbally attacked! Please keep this civil and stop attacking those who don't deserve it.
Frank April 10, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Thank you again Jason...much appreciated!
Eric April 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Dana, build a nice home in a nice neighborhood and let your family enjoy it. " Preservationist" love to tell others what to do with their own property but are unwilling to pay for it. House looks great. Hopefully you are in by the summer
Pat Mock June 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM
who was your friend? Jeri DuBois was the maid of honor in my wedding. I always loved Dot and Joe Du Boise---they lived in Pitman, NJ during the year. He was the city solicitor of Ocean City--for free-- for years----Pat Mock Patmock@bellsouth.net

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