Cottage #14ONCE KNOWN AS THE MCCLOSKEY COTTAGE, TODAY THE SOUTH BEACH SUITE ENCHANTS VISITORS WITH AN ELEVATED FRONT DECK AND UNPARALLELED VIEWS OF PRISTINE BEACH.
Built in 1931 by Edith Henning, secretary for the legendary movie makeup artist Max Factor, Cottage #14 has a storied history. Edith fell in love with the cove during a film shoot and chose to retire there, constructing a simple palm-frond hut that was upgraded over the next two decades to include an upstairs bedroom, garage and deck.
The cottage was purchased by Jane and Wally McCloskey 30 years later, undergoing major renovations to include personal touches (like carefully stenciled kitchen walls) and modern construction. Their granddaughter, Jane Burzell, moved into the cottage full-time with her family and was the last resident before the lease ran out in 2001.
The cottage served as housing for park employees for a short period before being renovated as an overnight rental. Atop the quaint stairway, the two-story cottage features a living room flooded with light from its multiple windows, wood floors, a large kitchen, rear patio, two bedrooms and two baths.
Today, families and couples can enjoy the beautiful South Beach views from the ocean-facing front deck.
From an Oct. 21, 2012 journal entry in Cottage #14: “My now-husband and I got married in this Cottage #14 yesterday. Even though we had rain, the day still turned out beautiful. This is a truly magical place.
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