An expansion of the acclaimed White Elephant resort in Nantucket included the design of eight new buildings, and the renovation of four existing buildings. The expansion added privately-owned vacation residences and a full-service spa, fitness center, meeting space, restaurant, and lounge to this classic island resort. The new shingle-style, gambrel-roofed buildings were carefully detailed to blend with the renovated existing buildings, which were updated to luxury resort standards while still preserving their historic character. Arrowstreet’s work also included a master plan for the four-acre property, as well as the renovation and expansion of the original White Elephant in 2000.

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Project Details


Nantucket, MA


Nantucket Island Resorts

square Footage

100,000 SF




Boston Society of Architects / New York Chapter of AIA

Award for Design, 2010


The White Elephant sits serenely on the waterfront…the accommodations reflect the simplicity, understated elegance, and tranquility for which Nantucket is renowned.

-White Elephant, Nantucket Island Resorts

Photos by Jeffrey Allen; Cary Hazlegrove; and Edward Wonsek

Architectural Plans / Process