The International Tennis Hall of Fame Final Architectural Symposium
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.