The original Carisbrooke Inn, built in 1891, was a grand ocean front inn and the first hotel established in Ventnor. This fine hotel served as the center of all social and political life as the town of Ventnor, New Jersey evolved. Its name, “Carisbrooke”, was acquired from the Carisbrooke Castle located on the Isle of Wight in the picturesque resort town of Ventnor, England. Unfortunately, this beautiful hotel was demolished in the winter of 1910-11. In 1996, the current Inn was established and paid tribute to the original Carisbrooke Inn by assuming its name.
The architectural style of the current Carisbrooke Inn is an American Foursquare – a post-Victorian style which shared many features with the Prairie architecture pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright. Its boxy shape provided roomy interiors for homes on small city lots. Many Foursquares are trimmed with tiled roofs, cornice-line brackets, or other details drawn from Craftsman, Italian Renaissance, or Mission architecture. The Carisbrooke Inn still retains many of its original features as when the property was first built. In addition, the Inn has been recently painted in an historic color scheme consistent with the American Foursquare era.