White Elephant Nantucket will show off a renovation courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects upon reopening this May—just in time for the historic property’s 100th anniversary. The multimillion-dollar transformation includes the restoration of the 54-room Harborside Hotel as well as 11 cottages.
“Little about the two properties is aesthetically similar—it’s their dedication to the guest that is the common denominator between the two,” says Elkus Manfredi principal Elizabeth Lowrey. “The sources of inspiration for our redesign are the island’s rich heritage and traditions, the textures of its landscape, and its color palette—we bring all of these authentic aspects of the island into the design, and express them through the lens of casual, relaxed luxury associated with the brand and with today’s Nantucket. Focused less on decoration and more on place.”
Ample daylighting accentuates a soothing color story inspired by the Nantucket landscape, which is complemented by artwork from artist-in-residence Emily Santangelo that reflects the influence of the idyllic setting through watercolors and contemporary photographs. A mix of weathered tones and darker accents evoke the always-shifting hues of the sea and sky to further reinforce the landscape.
The coastal palette also bathes guestrooms, which are layered with rattan textiles, white oak desks, scalloped lampshades and headboards, and grass cloth wallcoverings that channel the dunes. Each room comprises between 375 to 450 square feet of living space as well.
Ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, each cottage is uniquely styled to embrace flora native to Nantucket.