Ottawa tennis club preps $1M clubhouse restoration

The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club is planning a $1-million restoration project to its clubhouse, which was built in 1923.

The project will take a decade to accomplish, the club said in a press release.

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

Early floor plans and concept drawings were released Thursday. The next stage is to do detailed plans to prepare for getting construction permits, the club’s release said.

It has engaged Kris Benes, from Open Plan Architects, and board member Mike Lundy from M.P. Lundy Construction to start this work in 2014.

Funding is expected to come through annual club revenues as well as a fundraising campaign that was also announced on Thursday.

The clubhouse was designed by J.A. Ewart, a famed Ottawa architect whose work is also included in the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus), Glebe High School and the American ambassador’s residence.

The club, which is located just east of Carleton University, was founded in 1881. It's among the oldest in Canada.