Built in 1868, the Ocean House, located in the exclusive Watch Hill section of Westerly, Rhode Island, is one of the last remaining grand ocean front hotels in New England. Time was not kind to this stately lady over the years and in 2003 the House was shuttered. Fortunately, extensive repair work was resumed later in the decade and the property has now been restored to reflect its storied past.
Walpole Woodworkers was invited to participate in the meticulous reconstruction work in part because of our experience in historic restoration. One notable example is a project we completed on the fence and gates at the Edith Wharton House, a national historic landmark property in Lenox, Massachusetts.
We also have a long and proud reputation for seamless collaboration with property owners and management, architectural firms, and building companies.
Of equal importance is our skill and expertise in working with today's wood alternative materials, most notably low maintenance solid cellular vinyl.
Walpole's in-house design and engineering team worked closely with the contractor and structural engineers for two months to finalized joinery details on the Ocean House project.
From conceptual drawings and a 3-D model, we demonstrated how materials would be assembled to execute the architect's structural concepts.
In all, more than 300 shop drawings and elevations were produced by Walpole's engineers, and numerous prototypes, material approval samples, finishes, and components were submitted.
Daily, the contractor’s confidence in Walpole grew, resulting in our being awarded additional work beyond our initial contract. We were now tasked with creating faux lattice panels, ogee curved thick wall caps, steel framed 20’ wide gates, and additional privacy partitions.
All drawings were approved by the architect and the owner’s representatives prior to manufacturing of the solid cellular vinyl elements.
Over the course of the Ocean House project, Walpole supplied hundreds of linear feet of exterior railing, wall caps, fence, gates, and arbors, all factory pre-painted and ready for efficient, mess free installation.
Types of exterior railings which varying degrees of radius included:
Straight and radius structurally reinforced custom solid cellular vinyl railing panels, all with bronze safety rails integrated into the top rail's aluminum core.
Railing posts sleeves with integrated solid cellular vinyl sphere top.
For added strength, the top rail core was joined to the steel post core.
Historic reproduction turned cedar spindle balustrades, exterior and interior.
Natural western red cedar rooftop pergolas.
Solid cellular vinyl:
Steel reinforced driveway gate
Cedar walkway arbors
The Ocean House is now open for a weekend stay or private function. See the finished product!
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