ROGER O. HOIT, AIA
1175 main street, hingham, ma 02043
LOCATION: SOUTH SHORE, MA
on the Coast
This fascinating house was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea. The Coast Guard occupied the house during World War II in order to use the tower to spot German submarines.
The soft pink stucco walls and red tile roof stand out amidst the more traditional shingle and clapboard houses along the shore.
The project began on an emergency basis when a new window was being installed in a bedroom on the second floor and the carpenter felt that there was an “issue” in the exterior wall. Peering into the wall, Roger realized that tremendous damage had been done to the structure over the years.
As is often the case, in the process of retrofitting plumbing and electricity, deep cuts had been made in the structural timbers of the house. Adding the weight of two layers of heavy roof tile had so severely compromised the house that it was literally leaning toward the sea!
The interior of the house is, if anything, even more spectacular than the exterior. Polished oak paneling, coffers, trim, staircase and flooring, are original and unspoiled.
Determined not to destroy the beautiful woodwork on the main floor, we designed a system to allow introduction of new steel columns and beams that were erected and welded inside the wall with only one significant hole in the exterior wall at the ground floor level.
Building a steel frame skeleton inside the walls was one of the more exciting and challenging feats we have accomplished.
We installed new foundations, concrete slabs and a steel frame skeleton to support and stabilize the house. The area involved in this structural renovation is now part of the Game Room and Exercise Room and they did not affect any original detail.
Today the roof is strengthened, the structure secure, and the beautiful stair hall, living room and hallways of the original house are unchanged.
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