Dot’s Restaurant – Wilmington, VT

Dot’s Restaurant was severely flooded when Hurricane Irene pummeled Southern Vermont in August 2011. The Deerfield River in Wilmington swelled eight feet in 15 minutes and rushed through downtown, flooding four dozen businesses along the classic New England streetscape. During the flood, Dot’s Restaurant was forced off of its foundation and severely damaged. The community pulled together, and with help from FEMA and the State of Vermont, they were able to raise the necessary funds, nearly one million dollars, to reconstruct the iconic restaurant in downtown Wilmington. In order to reconstruct, the historic building had to be retrofitted to comply with flood proofing standards.

The project’s goals included thoroughly reconstructing and restoring the historic dining area, constructing a new kitchen, and building in a flood resistant manner. The new  Dot’s Restaurant has a new interior and seating now overlooking the river. The kitchen is more efficient and meets all current codes. The finished building exceeded the client’s expectations and blends nicely into the historic downtown Main Street.

This project has won two awards: one for engineering excellence from the Vermont chapter of ACEC (ACEC/VT), and another for historic preservation from the Preservation Trust of Vermont.


Services Provided:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering