After spending several seasons in Bethlehem at the Abbott Cottage, William Kellner and his wife Clara decided to acquire land and become permanent summer residents. The Kellner's contracted with famous architect Sylvanus D. Morgan in 1893 to build their 16 room summer cottage known as "The Gables".
The cottage was Morgan's first project in Bethlehem with many more to follow. The Gables was one of his most innovative and challenging and drew much local praise for its exceedingly handsome design. The house was conceived as a late victorian/eclectic blend of styles, predominantly Queen Anne. The design is very complex with asymetrical roof lines and floor plans. The cottage has extensive verandas and complex intersecting Gable roofs and lavish woodwork.
Bethlehem is abundant with history. There are many unique structures built at the turn of the century such as The Maplewood Golf Course and The Colonial Theater, both of which are still operating. Main Street still offers a small town feel with shops, restaurants and the theater all within walking distance.