Rebirth of the Ocean House is Topic

April 13th, 2010

The Ocean House, the iconic seaside resort where the silent movie “American Aristocracy” starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was filmed, closed in 2003 and was torn down in 2004. Six years later, a replicated Ocean House has risen again from the dunes, sporting its familiar soft-yellow coat and designed to match the grandeur of its heyday circa 1900. It reopens in June.

Centerbrook Architects Jeff Riley, FAIA, and Meg Lyons, AIA, join builders of the reincarnated Ocean House to expound on the historic replication of the 1868 hotel on Tuesday, April 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.

Construction took three years and involved the painstaking replication and reuse of key building features, including a stone fireplace, fan light windows, cornices, balustrades, and other distinctive Victorian era trappings. The unique project also inspired Rhode Island and national preservationist groups to look at their role in new and innovative ways.

Other panels participants include Thomas J. Liguori, Jr. and Carolyn Doyle of Cherenzia & Associates, Ltd., and Mark Banfield of Dimio Construction Company. Both are Connecticut firms. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Building Congress, $60 per person for CBC members, $70 for the public. Call (860) 228-1387 to register.