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Nobby Island Pavilion

Location: Alexandria Bay, New York | Completion Date: 2013 | Services Provided: Architectural, Civil/Site & Structural Engineering, Land Surveying

Best Historic Preservation project in the First Niagara Bank “A Time To Build” awards

This three story entertainment pavilion was designed with the intent to complement the existing historic main residence on the island that was built during the commonly referred to “Golden Age” in the Thousand Islands. President Ulysses Grant was a guest of the island, and it was a popular shore dinner locale. The area around and including Nobby Island was considered part of that known as “Millionaire’s Row”. The owners are proud to be among property owners who are contributing to the revival of many island residences, beginning a renaissance movement to bring back days of old, when grand hotels and extravagant island homes were the norm.

A key feature of the design of the new pavilion is to offer unobstructed views up and down the St. Lawrence River. The three story pavilion provides this with expansive views of the river from every room. This was carefully considered during every phase of design and construction, calling for changes as necessary if views were compromised. Along with this challenge was the desire to build on the side of a cliff on the shoreline of the island. This called for regular communication between the contractor and our design staff to make structural modifications as deemed necessary. Rooted in traditional river architecture of the late 1800’s, new architectural details are inspired by existing features found in the main house such as custom designed wood paneling and fireplaces. The structures blend seamlessly, never disturbing the historical integrity of the original house.

At dock level, it is a fisherman’s dream with plenty of equipment storage space and a fish cleaning station. There is plenty of space for guests to visit with approximately 80 feet of dock with a permanent ice diverter. There are stone columns and a circular stone staircase leading to the second story. This space boasts a grand dining area with exposed heavy timber trusses and a custom Rumsford fireplace adjacent to a gourmet kitchen. From the dining area, three bays of doors open out to the terrace offering unrestricted access to the channel sights and a sense that you are truly part of the river surroundings. The third story of the tower offers 360° scenic views from a rooftop deck with a built in Jacuzzi, and another fireplace, sure to offer luxurious warmth on a chilly summer night. All levels will be universally accessible by an elevator.

The Owner’s intent for adding the entertainment pavilion is to insure a gathering place for generations to come, and continue to add to the rich history of the island. He has commissioned an artist to paint murals of his grandchildren, to be displayed at the dock level of the residence. Nobby Island will continue to be a place where gathering with friends and family is of the utmost importance, not only now but for many more decades to come.


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