RECLAIMING THE CAVALIER: REBUILDING THE HUNT ROOM FIREPLACE BRICK BY BRICK

By Stacy Parker
 
Inside the ground floor of The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club, the air feels cool on the skin. The dark, cavernous space smells damp and musty. Sunlight sneaking in through an open doorway is overcome by shadows from exposed metal beams. An industrial fan blows against a sheet of translucent plastic hanging from the ceiling. A thick layer of sand and construction dust covers the Hunt Room floor. Imprints from the soles of many boots lead to the fireplace, where bricklayer Larry Ahlemeyer is wielding a chisel and a hammer.