Wood’s Hole, Massachusetts
Area: 15,000 sq, ft.
Workmen removing paint inadvertently ignited a small fire on one of the homes several porches. Having thought the fire was out they left for lunch. Upon their return the house was ablaze. The structure, having a doubled walled exterior, had allowed the fire to continue burning unnoticed inside the exterior wood shingled wall.
Originally retained by the Owner to do estimates of the replacement value, HQW was retained to document and rebuild the home. Historical documents were researched and the remaining structure measured to accurately reproduce the proportions and character of the original building. To comply with current codes, the old structure needed to be reinforced and new mechanical systems installed. Since its completion in 1988, the home has been published in Preservation Magazine and is being considered for inclusion in the Massachusetts State registry of historical buildings.