NEWPORT, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and the Stanford White Casino Theatre Restoration Committee will announce a major grant award from the Department of Interior, National Park Service’s “Save America’s Treasures” program during a press conference on Wednesday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m.
The formal announcement will be made at the site of the historic restoration project, the Stanford White Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 194 Bellevue Ave.
Joining Sen. Reed in making remarks will be Mark Stenning, CEO, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum; Sister M. Therese Antone, chancellor of Salve Regina University; Martha Werenfels, lead architect on restoration, Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels Architects.
When the restoration is complete, the theatre will be managed and maintained by Salve Regina University’s Department of Theatre Arts for the benefit of the community.
“The Salve Regina community is proud of the significant role it played in making the revitalization of this historic theatre a reality,” said Sister Therese, who serves as president of the Stanford White Casino Theatre Corp. “Restoring and rehabilitating this facility opens the doors to wonderful new cultural and artistic opportunities for the entire Aquidneck Island community. Salve Regina University is pleased once again to have played a leadership role in developing new partnerships in the community that benefit all who live, work and visit here.”
Only 41 “Save America’s Treasures” grants were awarded this year from more than 400 applications. These funds are vital in enabling the restoration of this historic 1880 theatre on the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com