Successful restoration of historic structures requires a passion for the architectural integrity of the building, and the Wauregan Hotel certainly elicited this respect from the team at Viking Construction. The grand hotel once hosted the likes of President Lincoln during its heyday, but sadly, this elegant Italianate beauty had fallen into disrepair and stood vacant for over 15 years. After a fire, it was on the verge of collapse and some in the community were pressing for demolition. With perceptive political support and the use of historic tax credits, the building was saved from the wrecking ball and converted into 70 units of affordable housing.
Extensive structural and interior restoration was required to stabilize the building prior to access being granted by the Fire Marshal. Using historic documents and photographs, Viking Construction was able to replicate the cast iron window hoods that were removed to assist in the war effort back in 1915. In the grand ballroom, the replacement of ornate plaster trim and moldings were also replicated through meticulous old-world craftsmanship. All of the restoration work was done in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. Sensitive adaptation for modern use added handicapped access, central air conditioning, a fitness center and a 100-car garage were all part of the project.
The project was completed over a two-year period and received an Excellence in Construction Award for adaptive re-use of a building from the Connecticut Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Downtown Norwich Historic District. Today, residents of the Wauregan are proud to call it home, and the magnificent ballroom has become the city’s premiere venue for weddings and special events.
When you need a partner who understands the importance of history and has the vision to bring potential to fruition, look no further than Viking Construction.
EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD WINNER 2006