The secret to preserving and transforming historic places is a careful balance of past and present. In 2017, the new owners of Pepperrell Cove approached CJ Architects with the goal of preserving the site’s rich heritage that served the community for generations, while creating an exciting new waterfront destination campus that would be home to four new businesses. To achieve this, some stark realities were addressed to bring the buildings up to code. The combination of 1828 history at the former Frisbee’s Market and current code compliance required transitioning the historic structures into the construction standards of today, including many safety upgrades. We started by stripping the interior to the original wood studs. Historic finish materials such as trim, doors, and of course tin ceilings along with artifacts found along the way were carefully removed and stored for repurposing. Wall framing was increased to provide a code compliant building envelope along with the required insulation and fire protection values. New windows, electrical, plumbing, and environmental systems were installed, and fire suppression and egress components were added. New larger windows were installed that frame the View in the former Cap’n Simeon’s building. At the Bistro, tin ceilings go up on the walls, antique doors complete bar fronts, and historic trim accents the new woodwork. We designed the facade of the Bistro to more closely resemble the original storefront. Historic photos preserve the memories, while the new Bistro 1828, The View, Frisbee’s Wharf, and Provisions preserve the experience. This project was a collaborative effort involving CJ Architects and owners Donna Ryan, Ann Kendall, and Henry and Eides Ares.

  • 3 Commercial Kitchens
  • 2 Restaurants and 1 Event Center
  • Historic Renovation
  • Roof Top Bar and Deck
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