Castle Hill

Photo: Onne van der Wal

Although we are entering our the quiet season here at Sperry Fabric Architecture, we will not be lacking in exciting projects this winter. We have been contracted to build a structure for the Castle Hill Inn, a world-class resort in Newport Rhode Island. We will be building a custom Savannah Series tent to date, for the Castle Hill wedding venue. It will provide elegant shelter for weddings and events. The beautiful Victorian architecture of the estate will be complemented nicely by our gracefully curved laminate beams and delicately colored sailcloth canopies.

The Castle Hill mansion was built in 1874, intended as a summer house for explorer and scientist Alexander Agassiz.  He treasured the location for the opportunities it offered in Marine observation.  The architecture is inspired by Swiss chalets, and the many rooms were often occupied by advanced students of biology under Agassiz’s tutelage.  The resort is now owned by Relais & Châteaux, a global association of hoteliers devoted to fine cuisine and elegant retreats.  Castle Hill has been named as one of  Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels in the World many times, and is a popular New England wedding venue.

A smaller Savannah tent on the shore of Marion Harbor.

The Savannah tent for Castle Hill will be our largest wooden frame tent yet, with finished measurements of 50′ x 110′.  It will shelter the preexisting Chalet Terrace, a classic location for many outdoor rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and special events.  A short distance away from the wedding arch, the terrace is conveniently located with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our clear glass side walls will be perfect to block out chilly breezes without hindering the sightseeing of party-goers.

A map of the grounds at Castle Hill.

We will be documenting the construction of such a monumental project. The pictures will be right here on the blog, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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