RECLAIMING THE CAVALIER: ON THE ROOFTOP

By Stacy Parker
 
The roof of the seven-story hotel offers a panoramic view. But it also offers a close-up of its deterioration over time. Years of exposure to the Oceanfront’s elements – windblown saltwater, sun and rain – damaged the copper-domed bell tower; a room below it where ice blocks cooled the hotel water; and the decorative, stone railing – called a parapet – that frames the roof.