The American Revolution is coming...
A Reinterpretation of Newport, RI’s Oldest House Museum
For more information see www.RevolutionaryNewport.com
Newport Historical Society 82 Touro St. Newport, RI 02840
owners.” But the site had a partial view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains and was strategically
located halfway between the popular pedestrian Church
Street Marketplace and the recreationally vibrant Burlington waterfront. Smith and his partner, Cleary Buckley, were excited by the vision of a project that could fill a
hole downtown with new life instead of developing valuable open space outside the city.
Because it was difficult to obtain funding in post-recession 2010–2011, the design team, including local
owners Chuck Deslauriers, Jay Canning, and Jack Wallace, who also own the Courtyard Burlington Harbor hotel
next door, had a whole year to reflect on what the unique
identity of this hotel would be. “Part of the process the
owners went through was opening their arms wide to the
Vermont products community,” Smith says. The idea was
to infuse the hotel with all things local — natural materials, craftsmanship, and hospitality-related products, as
well as food and drink — and support area businesses.
Meanwhile, the architects sorted out tricky structural
puzzles. They created common rooms in the corner of the
the rhythmic play of color, texture, and form breaks up the long
frontage of the hotel (left). Warming the bar and lobby spaces
(facing page) are materials shaped by local craftsmen. Chairs
with legs inspired by sleigh runners are by Beeken Parsons of
Shelburne, Vermont. Projectors hidden in the ceiling throw a
pattern of light on the wall that resembles dappled sunshine.