• By: OLM Staff

Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club Unveils Historic Restoration Plans

The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club has unveiled concept plans to restore its historic, 1920s-era clubhouse. Preliminary floor plans and concept drawings have been completed for the 10-year restoration project estimated to cost $1 million.

The comprehensive clubhouse restoration will include a historically-sensitive restoration of the building’s interior, balconies and facade; modernization of the lobby, café, lounge area and change room facilities; and upgrades to the aging plumbing, wiring, and structural supports.

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Phase 1 of the Clubhouse Restoration Project involves development of detailed design plans and preparation of drawings required to obtain construction permits. Ottawa-based architect Kris Benes (Open Plan Architects) will work with the club’s restoration committee and board member Mike Lundy (M.P. Lundy Construction) to complete Phase 1 and prepare detailed cost estimates for the different phases of the restoration. Phase 1 will begin in 2014.

“We are very excited to announce our plans for the restoration of our clubhouse,” said Peter Sutcliffe, president of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club’s Board of Directors. “Our vision is to bring back the historical beauty of the building with some modern twists that will improve the experience for our members. The Club is a hub of activity with its tennis, swimming, volleyball, café and banquet facilities and range of social activities.”

tennis 3Founded in 1881, just four years after the first Wimbledon championships, the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest tennis club in Ottawa and one of the oldest in Canada.

The clubhouse, built in 1923, was designed by J.A. Ewart, the most prominent Ottawa architect of his day, whose signature buildings include Glebe High School, the Civic Hospital and the American Ambassador’s residence in Rockcliffe.

The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club will finance the restoration through its fundraising campaign and club revenues.

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