2017 Architectural Symposium

When & Where

May 6, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM International Tennis Hall of Fame

The Architecture of Newport’s Sporting Life

Gilded Age Newport introduced Americans to influential architects, grand homes, and new architectural styles. This period also witnessed the introduction of sporting traditions which influenced the way America once played – and continues to play today. Tennis, sailing, polo, and golf all became popular throughout the country in large part because they came of age in Gilded Age Newport.

The first U.S. Nationals tennis tournament was played in 1881 at the Newport Casino. Newport proudly hosted the America’s Cup sailing races for 50 years. In 1876, polo was played in America for the first time in neighboring Portsmouth, RI. And in 1895, the first U.S. Open golf championship was played at the Newport Country Club. Newport’s sporting life centered on McKim, Mead & White’s Newport Casino and Whitney Warren’s clubhouse at the Newport Country Club. Ralph Adams Cram’s Harbour Court and A.J. Davis’s Station 10 are today part of the New York Yacht Club. In recent years, Robert A.M. Stern’s Rodgers Recreation Center at Salve Regina University has brought this sporting sensibility into the twenty-first century. The Architecture of Newport’s Sporting Life will offer a unique opportunity to examine this subject matter and its architects’ influence on Newport’s landscape.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

8:30 - 8:50 Registration and Coffee
8:50 - 9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Douglas Stark, Museum Director, International Tennis Hall of Fame
9:00 - 9:45 Gilded Age Sport Architecture and Design
  Richard Guy Wilson, PhD, Commonwealth Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
10:00 - 10:45 Yachting: The Catalyst for Newport’s Cottages
  Dr. Robert MacKay
11:00 - 11:30 Diamond in the Rough:
Reviving Whitney Warren’s Architectural Gem at the Newport Country Club
  Jeff Baker Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects
11:30 - 12:00 Teeing Off on History: The Story of Carnegie Abbey
  John K. Grosvenor, AIA Principal, Northeast Collaborative Architects
12:10 - 1:15 Lunch on the Horseshoe Piazza
1:30 - 4:30 Architectural House Tour (includes trolley transportation)
  Narrative Walking Tour Guidebook by Ronald J. Onorato, University of Rhode Island
6 CEU Credits available for AIA Members

Featured Tours

Newport Country Club (1894)
One of the first buildings designed by Whitney Warren, the clubhouse, with its Y-shaped design, evokes a French aesthetic. Set back from Harrison Avenue, the first U.S. Open golf championship was hosted here in 1895. Today, the clubhouse and golf course are owned by the Newport Country Club.

Rodgers Recreation Center (2000)
Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the recreation center echoes the Shingle Style sensibility of McKim, Mead & White’s Newport Casino and the Isaac Bell House. The building serves as a fitting modern complement to its Gilded Age neighbors. Today, the Center houses Salve Regina University’s athletic & recreational facilities.

New York Yacht Club (1904)
Harbour Court was designed by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson for Mrs. John Nicholas Brown. In 1988 the Renaissance Norman-style estate was acquired by the New York Yacht Club. The NYYC’s first clubhouse was designed by A. J. Davis and built in 1845 in Hoboken, NJ. Referred to as Station 10, it now sits on the grounds of Harbour Court.

Morning lectures and lunch will be hosted at the Newport Casino, home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The meticulously restored property was designed and constructed in 1880 by the renown firm of McKim, Mead and White. The von Auersperg Tennis Building, which was constructed in 2015, houses three indoor tennis courts, offices, and retail space. It was designed to be complementary to the property's original unique buildings.


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For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Nicole Kowalsick at nkowalsick@tennisfame.com or 401.619.4684.