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Match Point Campaign Blog
We're closing in on our fundraising goal and starting some of the construction work in this transformational project. With your support, we'll be able to significantly expand and improve our facilities and programming. Check back often for project updates & news!

 

May 28, 2014
Relocation of the 1856 Congdon House!

In preparing for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's expansion & renovation project, we relocated the Congdon House (circa 1856) from Hayden Court, down Memorial Boulevard, and onto Rhode Island Avenue. The 850 feet journey took about 3 hours.

It was quite a team effort! Many thanks from the Hall of Fame to our many teriffic Newport neighbors who came out to see the house move and for the positive feedback, to the City of Newport RI for tremendous support, and to our incredible team of Aquidneck Building Movers, Wolfe House & Building Movers, Bartlett Tree Experts, our owner's rep Dan Paquette, and our Director of Buildings & Grounds, Ken Ferrebee. Click the newspaper image below to read more, or watch the whole process in the short video recap!

Click to read the Newport Daily News' detailed account of the house move.  

  

May 26, 2014
Making Way for the Future

The primary component of the project that we are focused on at the moment is the development of a significant building that will redefine a major Newport street, Memorial Boulevard. The 16,000 square foot building will house locker rooms, a fitness area, retail space, and Hall of Fame offices. Adjacent to this building will be a 21,000 square foot facility containing 3 indoor tennis courts, with 3 adjacent indoor/outdoor courts.

To prepare for this building, our teams have been hard at work clearing the existing buildings on that space, which includes the demolition of a gas station, two commercial buildings, our indoor tennis facility, and the relocation of the historic 1856 Congdon House.  

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May 23, 2014
Make Way for the House

The Hall of Fame is currently prepping for the relocation of the 1856 Congdon House, which is on the property of the new buildings and facilities.A primary focus of the project is to enhance a prominent Newport streetscape in a manner that is complementary to Newport's historic architecture. In line with that commitment to architectural excellence, it was of the utmost importance to the Hall of Fame that we find a way to move the historic house on the property and ensure that it be properly preserved.

At this time, we are busy prepping for the move, and shortly, we will relocate the house to Rhode Island Avenue, just 850 feet down the road.  Thanks to Newport This Week for previewing the move and all it entails!

   
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May 22, 2014
Advantage Newport! 

Thank you to The Providence Journal for encouraging words of support in this editorial!

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May 19, 2014
Accessible for All

Through the planning and design phases of this expansion, it has been of the utmost priority for the Hall of Fame to think ahead for all possible scenarios to ensure that the new building and tennis facilities be completely accessible for everyone. This has included details ranging from sloping the building to accommodate its position on a hill without requiring ramps to accessible facilities inside.  As we move forward with the project, we were grateful for the opportunity to discuss these plans with Newport’s accessibility expert, Annette Bourbonniere.

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May 15, 2014
The Buzz Around Town

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May 14, 2014
Breaking Ground!

It's official! After years of planning and fundraising, we have broken ground on the first project within a multi-faceted $15.7 million capital campaign and improvement project.  The project will expand the Hall of Fame's campus by one acre, and will result in a world-class tennis facility and significant enhancements to a prominent Newport street, Memorial Boulevard.

"This is the largest, most exciting project the International Tennis Hall of Fame has ever taken on. The Hall of Fame welcomes thousands of tennis fans from all over the world each year. Our goal within this project is to make the Hall of Fame a must-see international destination for all tennis fans, and to ensure that the facility is an asset to our local community," commented International Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser, who also serves as co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee. Read more...

 

February 3, 2014
Message from the ITHF Chairman

Dear Friends:
Last week the City of Newport Zoning Board approved our final plans to totally update and refurbish the museum that showcases the global sport of tennis, to build a new tennis facility that will house 3 indoor courts and add 3 indoor/outdoor courts to our property, to build new offices and retail space, and to renovate the center court and other spaces at the historic Hall of Fame facility. Read more...

 

December 12, 2013
Newport Daily News Reports: Great Progress on Hall of Fame Expansion Project

The International Tennis Hall of Fame received permission Tuesday night to demolish four buildings on Memorial Boulevard and to move a fifth to make way for a new tennis complex at the site that will include indoor and outdoor courts, a fitness center, locker rooms, offices and retail locations. Read more...


August 12, 2013
Tennis Hall of Fame Launches Capital Campaign for Museum Upgrades & Property Improvements

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island has embarked on an extensive capital campaign with the goals of creating a cohesive campus and world-class tennis facility and offering an enhanced experience for visitors and the local community, all while supporting the organization’s mission of preserving the history of tennis and promoting the sport. It has been 12 years since the organization has led a major capital campaign. To accomplish the objectives of this project, the campaign has a financial goal of $15.7 million. Fundraising for the campaign has been underway for approximately one year, and at the organization’s meeting of the Board of Directors on July 13, 2013 it was announced that $10,556,000 of the necessary $15.7 million has been secured.   Read more...