Ocean House Sign Spells Rebirth

November 27th, 2009

The Ocean House’s original sign, which came down in December 2005, soon will be returned to its rightful place above the grand hotel’s entry canopy facing Bluff Avenue in Watch Hill on the Rhode Island shore. A public unveiling of the iconic sign will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 27. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served.

Designed by Centerbrook Architects, the new Ocean House includes two wings extending out from a replicated “historic kernel” circa 1908, considered to be the hotel’s heyday. The 152,660-square-foot Ocean House hotel, scheduled to open in the spring, melds modern amenities with the charm of yesteryear. It will contain 49 impeccably appointed guest rooms and 23 residential units. Five thousand pieces of the original structure, ranging from a 19th century elevator, balconies, reservation desk, and fan light windows to a stone fireplace, railings, mantels, moldings, and chandeliers, were saved to be reused or to serve as templates to create exact replicas.

The original circa 1868 hotel was torn down four years ago because of multiple structural and safety deficiencies. The new Ocean House will re-open in June 2010. For more on the hotel, visit www.oceanhouseri.com.