About Watchcase, Sag Harbor
Developer: Cape Advisors Inc.
Executive Architect: Baldassano Architecture
Design Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
Builder: Racanelli Construction Co.
Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel
Landscape Designer: Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Mechanical Engineer: AKF Group LLC
Historical Materials Consultant: Integrated Conservation Resources
Wood Consultant: Ron Anthony & Associates
Lighting Designer: Whitehouse Lighting Design
Sustainability Consultant: Yarmuth Radoff Green, LLC
Exclusive Marketing and Sales Agent: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
One short block from the charming and historic Main Street of Sag Harbor Village, Watchcase Sag Harbor is the transformation and restoration of a significant and historically rich nineteenth century industrial building. Built and operated for almost 100 years as a watchcase factory, the site is being reinvented as 64 meticulously crafted condominium residences, with its nineteenth century architecture preserved with painstaking detail and repurposed into luxurious residential living spaces following best practices in green building.
After the decline of the whaling industry in the mid nineteenth century, the factory played an important role in the development of Sag Harbor Village. To retain the spirit and authenticity of the original 1881 factory, Cape Advisors is working with Baldassano Architecture, an architectural conservator, local craftsmen, as well as Beyer Blinder Belle, whose historic restoration experience includes Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island Museum, The Morgan Library, and The United States Capitol.
The project team has focused on executing a carefully considered rehabilitation that protects the factory's historic integrity and respects its important position within the fabric of the Village. Examples of the team's attention to detail in the factory restoration include:
- Repurposing over 20,000 original bricks for use in the factory building, including restoration of the decorative corbelled brick work, string courses and segmented arched windows
- Re-pointing of all of the masonry with historically correct lime-based two color mortar
- Restoring the original look and feel of the factory exterior by installing a replica of the original elegant bracketed cornice to crown the façade
- Rebuilding the original signature octagon at the northwest corner of Washington and Division Streets to its full 5-story height, including a new, faceted metal standing seam roof
- Restoration of the south water tower with a replica wood "water tank," reconceptualized as a charming outdoor gazebo that will boast the highest and most commanding 360 degree views in Sag Harbor Village
- Reconstructing the main chimney stack to restore its ornamental masonry details and original 85' height
The southern half of the site has been excavated to create a concealed underground parking garage, topped by a large central landscaped garden courtyard as well as The Watchcase Pavilion fitness center and pool. The new Town House and Bungalow residences were designed to fit comfortably into the context of Sag Harbor's eclectic, historic residential neighborhoods. Clad in authentic painted clapboard siding, cedar shake shingles, or brick, the houses will have traditional architectural details including varied roof lines, gables, bay windows, dormers, cornices, stacked stone garden walls, and welcoming stoops and porches.
Watchcase owners will enjoy an amenity-rich condominium lifestyle with resort-like services and resources, all unprecedented in the world-renowned Hamptons on Long Island's South Shore, and unlikely to be repeated – ever.
Award-winning landscape architect Quennell Rothschild & Partners' landscape plans for Watchcase respond to the specific character of the site and follow the highest sustainable design principles. Green roof technology will immerse residents at the top of the buildings in a garden setting while providing ecological benefits to the project and Village. Landscaping will be made up of a rich and diverse palette of plants – trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials to create seasonal variety of color and texture. Plants are native to the area, or are chosen specifically to suit site conditions, thus minimizing requirements for fertilizer or irrigation. Gardens and courtyards will be planted with fragrant natives for all seasons.
Steven Gambrel, acclaimed 2012 AD100 interior designer and Sag Harbor Village resident, has worked with the development team to enhance and complement the inherent architectural and industrial elements and qualities with all new finishes and features. Each home offers private outdoor space, characterized by a garden, balcony, or rooftop terrace, many of which have sweeping views of the Village, gardens, and waterways. With no two floor plans alike, each residence affords a one-of-a-kind opportunity for ownership.
- Factory Lofts. Residences in the original factory are distinguished by high ceilings, exposed original southern yellow pine timber beams and plank ceilings – restored to their original patina through eco-friendly walnut blasting, and exposed brick and stonework, with many revealing unique architectural details. Mechanical systems are run beneath a raised floor system, further freeing up the ability to retain uncluttered structural and aesthetically pleasing ceiling detail. Penthouse lofts include sweeping views, wood burning fireplaces and private rooftop gardens.
- Town Houses. Inspired by 18th and 19th century houses that populate the Village, but designed and outfitted for 21st century living, the Town Houses include spacious and elegant interiors with large and multilevel patios and terraces, as well as wood burning fireplaces.
- The Bungalows. Unique and spacious one bedroom residences with charming gardens fronting the landscaped central courtyard with luxurious details and modern features of newly built homes.
Each residence is beautifully appointed and interprets traditional elements for modern living while paying homage to the building's rich industrial roots. The luxuriousness of the spaces, with pleasing, high-ceilinged volumes combined with charming views, and details such as 19th century beams and restored brick walls, create a layered materiality that will evoke a lovely environment with a calming spirit. Stone surfaces with veining and character, fumed oak flooring, and oak cabinets with custom gunmetal hardware accents hold true to the enduring history of Watchcase and its 19th century Village setting. Every detail has been designed for comfortable living with carefully selected fixtures, fittings and appliances that achieve the highest level of discretion and design excellence.
Resort-style amenities abound, creating a village-within-a-village feeling in the heart of this classic American town. Amenities include:
- Doorman and resident superintendent
- Concierge services
- A "house" driver for the summer season to provide exclusive shuttle service for residents to and from beaches and around town, by appointment
- Outdoor pool (62' x 24') flanked by a large, colorfully landscaped central courtyard
- The Watchcase Pavilion with staffed fitness room, yoga/aerobics studio, locker rooms with sauna and steam rooms, spa treatment room, and a large lounge with fireplace and catering kitchen for private dinner parties and functions
- Grand Lobby Living Room, Vault Bar, and Inglenook Lounge with massive fireplace in the original factory chimney
- Elegant gardens and patios throughout the property
- Designated parking for every residence, many with private garage, and all fully concealed underground
- Private storage for every unit
Cape Advisors, Inc. was formed in 1995 by Curtis Bashaw and Craig Wood as a real estate development and investment firm. Cape Advisors' projects have been pioneering, setting them apart from the competition with a keen focus on exciting design and execution of focused attention to detail and high quality standards. Since its inception, the company has completed over $1.5 billion in development projects, principally in New York and New Jersey.