Reinventing the hotel experience, Centerbrook Architects and Planners transform a 1930s manor house and its surrounding buildings into a boutique hotel and resort

South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA

Shepherd’s Run is the adaptive reuse of a former boarding school overlooking the Narrow River, a tributary of Narragansett Bay.

Shepherd's Run

For its re-adaptive design, Shepherd’s Run has recently been awarded a 2023 American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Working with a conservation-minded developer, the architects are reimagining a 1930s Norman Romanesque stone manor house and 1960s residential buildings, with grounds designed by the famed landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, as a boutique resort hotel.

The project draws inspiration from Babylonstoren, a farm retreat in Cape Town, South Africa whose visitors can harvest from vegetable gardens and stay in the hotel, farmhouse, manor house, and cottages on the idyllic property.

Shepherd's Run

Visitors to Shepherd’s Run are graced with outdoor gathering spaces that include a formal courtyard for weddings and special events, firepits, meadows, and a vineyard.

A bar, restaurant, and events hall spill onto the courtyard enclosed by the manor house and the residential buildings, whose institutional appearance is masked by a trellis of ivy and hydrangea.

Future phases, which include small bungalows dotting the landscape, will complete the project and fully realize another special destination along Rhode Island’s south shore.

Project: Shepherd’s Run
Architects: Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Original Architect: Thomas Pym Cope (1933)
General Contractor: Shepherd’s Run
Client: Morgan + Schoen Hospitality
Photographers: Warren Jagger Photography

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