The Ocean House


{The Superburbs, Wikipedia}

Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

The Ocean House originally built in 1868 attracted the creme of the crop of the Victorian socialites at the turn of the 20th Century.  In 1916, the hotel was in the silent movie, American Aristocracy.  After 130 years of being open for business, the hotel shut it’s doors in 2003 when it was deemed beyond feasible repair.  It was Rhode Island’s largest standing waterfront Victorian Hotel at 152,165 square feet.

When the purchasers of the property realized that restoring it would be too much of a headache – there was no air conditioning, heating or ventilation.  It wasn’t up to fire code, along with many other codes.  The Dimeo Construction Company from Providence is managing the (re)construction.  Over 60% of the original building is being replicated although the original 159 rooms from when it closed is now 24 condos and 48 hotel rooms.  I doubt that this will be on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but man, did they do a nice job making this new building look Victorian.

To visit the hotel’s website, visit The Ocean House.

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