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Interiors Awards 2011: Historic Restoration Winner

07 March, 2011

-By Danine Alati


project/client: Ocean House
location: Watch Hill, R.I.
designer: Centerbrook Architects and Planners

“The challenge at the Ocean House was to replicate the historic icon precisely, down to every piece of original, curved molding and every stone in the old fireplace, while simultaneously updating it to modern standards,” Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, partner at Centerbrook Architects & Planners, says of his firm’s task of restoring the 1868 ocean-front hotel in Watch Hill, R.I.

The Ocean House structure that was demolished in 2006 bore little resemblance to the original building, as a result of numerous changes, additions, and years of neglect. However, many of the design features from the original Ocean House that lent the hotel its historic character were salvaged, and the design team utilized these elements to restore the beach-front property to the grandeur of its heyday. The front door balcony, fan light doors, reception desk, stone fireplace in the lobby, and oak paneling elevator cab all were saved for reuse, while the modillions, cornices, columns, railings, and floor dimensions were precisely replicated.

Dinah Saglio, director of communications at Ocean House Management, says that the main goal was for Centerbrook Architects’ designs to “pay homage to the original hotel and its Victorian-style architecture and design…while incorporating all of the amenities of current five-star hotels.” The client team also wanted the designers to add residential units, a spa, and banquet space. So the challenge became how to maximize space by including the necessary programming while making the hotel appear smaller, mimicking its original footprint.

The 156,000-sq.-ft. hotel, which is a third larger than the original, now includes two new wings to accommodate modern upgrades with 49 hotel rooms, 23 private residences, and the addition of a spa. A pleased Saglio notes, “The exterior is an exact replication from the front, with the new elements blending in seamlessly.” She appreciates how the Centerbrook team strategically utilized previously unused space to effortlessly integrate old and new.

Dealing with an historic restoration always presents unique challenges, and Ocean House was no different—from fitting fire stairs while maintaining the historic open balustrades to enlarging the historic elevator to meet code but without a trace, to “building with modern materials that just are not the old stuff,” to keeping the very low historic floor-to-floor heights while fitting in modern utilities, according to Riley. “These were some of the challenges I think we answered successfully,” he offers. Centerbrook also created a central kitchen in the basement that could accommodate all food service areas, including events and meeting spaces, pool and outdoor lawn area, restaurant, and each hotel floor.
And while the restaurant is overflowing with patrons during the summer, the client wanted it “to retract to a smaller, cozier enclave around the fireplace during the winter,” Riley explains. So the designers delineated four rooms that can be shut down, one by one, as the seasons change.

“Some of my favorite parts of the interiors are the quirky odd things that we saved and reused—things you would never design today,” Riley notes. For example, the designers dangled original art deco light fixtures from the wood paneled meeting room ceiling; they turned an old Greek revival fireplace mantel into a disappearing bar; and they inserted an odd, oval window into the Club Room, restored the swirling, beaded board ceiling from the haunted “Captain’s Room,” and maintained an old telephone booth—“Who uses one of those now-a-days?” Riley jests.

who
Project: Ocean House Hotel. Owner: Bluff Avenue LLC. Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, design partner; Meg Lyons, AIA, associate, co-project manager; Peter C. Majewski, AIA, LEED AP, associate, co-project manager; Erik Lubeck, job captain; Nathaniel Moore, job captain; Chad Floyd, FAIA, partner, historic re-use study. Interior Furnishings: Niemitz Design Group Inc. (overall hotel furnishings and interiors of Club Room, Board Room, and Restaurant Bar); Rinfret, Ltd (Tower Suite furnishings); Ilianna Moore Interiors (Oceanfront Suite 1 furnishings); ADI (Third Floor Suite 1). Contractor: Dimeo Construction. Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design. Structural engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc. MEP/fire protection: WSP Flack + Kurtz. Civil engineer: Cherenzia & Associates, Ltd. Acoustical engineer: Acentech Incorporated. Kitchen: Ricca Newmark Design. Photographer: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

what
Lounge seating: custom, some restored from the original Ocean House. Other seating: ADI, custom, through GS Associates, Inc. Upholstery: Schumacher (spa chaise upholstery). Fabrics: Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Clarence House, Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils, Pindler & Pindler. Conference/dining tables: Custom through purchasing agent (GS Associates, Inc.). Other furnishings: Custom by Cynthia Rinfret (Tower Suite), custom by Ilianna Moore (Oceanfront Suite 1) Deck Furniture: JANUS et Cie, Lloyd Flanders. Fireplaces: Miami Beach Pebble Tile. Fountain: Kenneth Lynch. Pool Tile: Heath Ceramics. Lighting: Vaughn, Icon, FDO Group, Hunter Lighting Group, Troy Lighting, Ironware International, Newstamp Lighting, Brass Light Gallery, ICON Group. Doors: Original fan light doors, Kolbe & Kolbe, Harring Doors. Window treatments: Dracor. Flooring: Westwind vertical grain fir, Wood Flooring International, Casa Grande (porcelain tile). Carpet/carpet tile: Crossley Axminster, Niemitz Design Group (custom area rug). Paint: Benjamin Moore, California Paint, Farrow & Ball. Dry wall: U.S. Gypsum Company. Ceiling: U.S. Gypsum. Architectural woodworking: Polybois, Inc. Plumbing fixtures: Kohler.

where
Location: Watch Hill, R.I. Total floor area: 156,125 sq. ft. (35,171 sq. ft. of exterior decks). No. of floors: 7. Average floor size: 22,305. Total staff size: 150. Cost/sq. ft.: 475 sq. ft.




Interiors Awards 2011: Historic Restoration Winner

07 March, 2011


Jeff Goldberg/Esto

project/client: Ocean House
location: Watch Hill, R.I.
designer: Centerbrook Architects and Planners

“The challenge at the Ocean House was to replicate the historic icon precisely, down to every piece of original, curved molding and every stone in the old fireplace, while simultaneously updating it to modern standards,” Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, partner at Centerbrook Architects & Planners, says of his firm’s task of restoring the 1868 ocean-front hotel in Watch Hill, R.I.

The Ocean House structure that was demolished in 2006 bore little resemblance to the original building, as a result of numerous changes, additions, and years of neglect. However, many of the design features from the original Ocean House that lent the hotel its historic character were salvaged, and the design team utilized these elements to restore the beach-front property to the grandeur of its heyday. The front door balcony, fan light doors, reception desk, stone fireplace in the lobby, and oak paneling elevator cab all were saved for reuse, while the modillions, cornices, columns, railings, and floor dimensions were precisely replicated.

Dinah Saglio, director of communications at Ocean House Management, says that the main goal was for Centerbrook Architects’ designs to “pay homage to the original hotel and its Victorian-style architecture and design…while incorporating all of the amenities of current five-star hotels.” The client team also wanted the designers to add residential units, a spa, and banquet space. So the challenge became how to maximize space by including the necessary programming while making the hotel appear smaller, mimicking its original footprint.

The 156,000-sq.-ft. hotel, which is a third larger than the original, now includes two new wings to accommodate modern upgrades with 49 hotel rooms, 23 private residences, and the addition of a spa. A pleased Saglio notes, “The exterior is an exact replication from the front, with the new elements blending in seamlessly.” She appreciates how the Centerbrook team strategically utilized previously unused space to effortlessly integrate old and new.

Dealing with an historic restoration always presents unique challenges, and Ocean House was no different—from fitting fire stairs while maintaining the historic open balustrades to enlarging the historic elevator to meet code but without a trace, to “building with modern materials that just are not the old stuff,” to keeping the very low historic floor-to-floor heights while fitting in modern utilities, according to Riley. “These were some of the challenges I think we answered successfully,” he offers. Centerbrook also created a central kitchen in the basement that could accommodate all food service areas, including events and meeting spaces, pool and outdoor lawn area, restaurant, and each hotel floor.
And while the restaurant is overflowing with patrons during the summer, the client wanted it “to retract to a smaller, cozier enclave around the fireplace during the winter,” Riley explains. So the designers delineated four rooms that can be shut down, one by one, as the seasons change.

“Some of my favorite parts of the interiors are the quirky odd things that we saved and reused—things you would never design today,” Riley notes. For example, the designers dangled original art deco light fixtures from the wood paneled meeting room ceiling; they turned an old Greek revival fireplace mantel into a disappearing bar; and they inserted an odd, oval window into the Club Room, restored the swirling, beaded board ceiling from the haunted “Captain’s Room,” and maintained an old telephone booth—“Who uses one of those now-a-days?” Riley jests.

who
Project: Ocean House Hotel. Owner: Bluff Avenue LLC. Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, design partner; Meg Lyons, AIA, associate, co-project manager; Peter C. Majewski, AIA, LEED AP, associate, co-project manager; Erik Lubeck, job captain; Nathaniel Moore, job captain; Chad Floyd, FAIA, partner, historic re-use study. Interior Furnishings: Niemitz Design Group Inc. (overall hotel furnishings and interiors of Club Room, Board Room, and Restaurant Bar); Rinfret, Ltd (Tower Suite furnishings); Ilianna Moore Interiors (Oceanfront Suite 1 furnishings); ADI (Third Floor Suite 1). Contractor: Dimeo Construction. Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design. Structural engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc. MEP/fire protection: WSP Flack + Kurtz. Civil engineer: Cherenzia & Associates, Ltd. Acoustical engineer: Acentech Incorporated. Kitchen: Ricca Newmark Design. Photographer: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

what
Lounge seating: custom, some restored from the original Ocean House. Other seating: ADI, custom, through GS Associates, Inc. Upholstery: Schumacher (spa chaise upholstery). Fabrics: Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Clarence House, Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils, Pindler & Pindler. Conference/dining tables: Custom through purchasing agent (GS Associates, Inc.). Other furnishings: Custom by Cynthia Rinfret (Tower Suite), custom by Ilianna Moore (Oceanfront Suite 1) Deck Furniture: JANUS et Cie, Lloyd Flanders. Fireplaces: Miami Beach Pebble Tile. Fountain: Kenneth Lynch. Pool Tile: Heath Ceramics. Lighting: Vaughn, Icon, FDO Group, Hunter Lighting Group, Troy Lighting, Ironware International, Newstamp Lighting, Brass Light Gallery, ICON Group. Doors: Original fan light doors, Kolbe & Kolbe, Harring Doors. Window treatments: Dracor. Flooring: Westwind vertical grain fir, Wood Flooring International, Casa Grande (porcelain tile). Carpet/carpet tile: Crossley Axminster, Niemitz Design Group (custom area rug). Paint: Benjamin Moore, California Paint, Farrow & Ball. Dry wall: U.S. Gypsum Company. Ceiling: U.S. Gypsum. Architectural woodworking: Polybois, Inc. Plumbing fixtures: Kohler.

where
Location: Watch Hill, R.I. Total floor area: 156,125 sq. ft. (35,171 sq. ft. of exterior decks). No. of floors: 7. Average floor size: 22,305. Total staff size: 150. Cost/sq. ft.: 475 sq. ft.

 


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