Tennis in Newport, anyone?

The addition is seen to the rear, on Memorial Boulevard around the corner from the Casino, which is on Bellevue Avenue.

The addition is seen to the rear, on Memorial Boulevard around the corner from the Casino, which is on Bellevue Avenue.

Here is an illustration of the proposed addition to the Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, which includes the famous Casino designed by McKim, Mead & White back in the 1880s. The groundbreaking is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 12:30, and after hearing from a string of politicians and tennis officials, who I am sure will have scintillating things to say, you can hear Gary Brewer, a partner of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), talk about the building’s design, for which he is the lead architect.

I am excited that the Hall of Fame’s august board of directors chose a firm that was likely – though perhaps not a slam dunk if you know its work well – to build an addition to the Casino that will not thumb its nose at MM&W.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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