Historic home shows off quintessential beach-house feel

Date Published: 
Oct. 6, 2017

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage, circa 1920-1940, is one of the seven historic homes being featured on this week’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historical Homes Tour.Tourgoers on the Ocean View Historical Society’s inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be able to stroll through the pre-Depression-era Anne Del Vecchio Powell Cottage — an example of the quintessential beach house.

Built around 1920, the house originally had just a kitchen, living room, bath and two bedrooms, all on ground level, but with additions made through 1940, by the time Powell purchased it, the attic had been transformed into a master bedroom, and two bedrooms and a bath had been added.

But Powell said “10 Daisey is still a diamond in the rough,” and she loves living there. The sturdily-built home shows its character through classic style and furnishings. Powell preserved the soft pine floors, original bathroom door and cast iron enameled bathtub. A Rumsford fireplace provides efficient heat, and the house sports a basement that she said “doesn’t ever flood.”

Alfred Gaylord Tunnell, the son of George Washington Tunnell, and his wife, Mary Hall, (daughter of William S. Hall of Hall’s Store), built the cottage after his daughter’s marriage.

Tickets for the tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, are limited and are on sale at the Ellen Rice Gallery on Route 26 in Ocean View and at Made By Hand on Route 1 in South Bethany, and online at www.ovhistoricalsociety.org. Tickets cost $20 for OVHS members or $30 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit the evolving Coastal Towns Museum and Hall’s Store Visitor & Education Center.