Newport architects manage the revitalization of a Block Island institution

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Newport Collaborative Architects principals, from left, J. Michael Abbott, John K. Grosvenor and Glenn R. Gardiner go over plans to renovate the Surf Hotel on Block Island into a new complex that will be known as the Block Island Beach House.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Newport Collaborative Architects principals, from left, J. Michael Abbott, John K. Grosvenor and Glenn R. Gardiner go over plans to renovate the Surf Hotel on Block Island into a new complex that will be known as the Block Island Beach House.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
The Surf Hotel, one of the last of the grand dames on Block Island, is having its first significant renovation in a century. Unlike some grand hotels, which were designed as a single building, the Victorian-era Surf Hotel on Dodge Street was initially constructed in 1876 as a single beachside bungalow, then added-on over time…

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