June 21, 2012
Boathouse & Field Club
Outside of the building itself, a new wide brick walkway, fresh landscaping, and outdoor furniture now welcome the public to the harbor. These elements allow passersby to better enjoy water views, while also offering a place to sit and dine alfresco. They all worked together to provide a catalyst for the restoration of Edgartown Village.
With its gables, weathered shingles, and awnings, the building’s exterior recalls the late-nineteenth-century Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, Rhode Island, which also opens to a busy commercial thoroughfare. Inside, a nautical character pervades the spaces, which feature polished wood, white-painted beadboard, and brass and leather details.
The project wasn’t without logistical challenges: The building is essentially in the harbor, so the site had to be dewatered to create a foundation and basement, and its multiple functions required two full kitchens and abundant additional “back of house” spaces. All of this, however, is carefully hidden from public view.