Watch Hill, Rhode Island’s historic Ocean House resort has opened its gates gain after the completion of a whopping $140million renovation. The place, which had originally opened way back in 1868, had heralded an era of high society. This Victorian-style property became the hub of the crème de la crème of society thanks to its great architecture and a flurry of activities offered here.
Due to its prime beachfront location, the guests could go have a swim in the sea, play croquet on the lawn, go for sailing, or simply enjoy a cup of tea late in the afternoon. The dining room here could serve 500 people! Not surprisingly, people would specially come over here to entertain large parties of guests. But a century and a half of wear and tear combined with a series of unfortunate fires had taken away its old grandeur.
But in 2004, a group of summer residents, led by Charles M Royce, President of Royce Funds decided to salvage the old structure. But when it was realized that a simple renovation wasn’t sufficient, they decided to recreate the original Ocean House. The result I must say is great. The picture says it all.