The Big House By the Sea: A Whimsical New Art Gallery at Congress Hall
THE BIG HOUSE BY THE SEA
It was the end of April, five weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, and all of us at Cape Resorts were looking for inspiration and stimulation.
It wasn't long before we found it. Shortly after launching a children's art contest on May 1, the entries started arriving and everyone around here started smiling just a little bit more. Someone once wrote that children see magic because they look for it. Seeing Congress Hall through the eyes of these children WAS magic!
And so we wanted to share it. We call this exhibition The Big House by the Sea to honor the name Thomas Hughes gave the building he erected on this spot in 1816. Hughes had the vision to create America's first seaside hotel.
But not everyone back then shared his vision - locals thought his idea was doomed from the beginning and mockingly called Hughes’s hotel "Tommy's Folly". Thomas Hughes was undaunted. He dreamed big and his imagination knew no bounds. Just like these children. Which is how they can see the magic.