Members of the Onteora Club in the Catskill Mountains of New York State loved their golf and tennis house. As one of the oldest buildings on the 140 year-old thousand-acre club, the house showed its age.
The bark had fallen off its log siding, windows no longer closed, the roof sagged, and because most members changed at home in this residential club the locker rooms went unused. But worst of all, the building was sliding down the embankment that separated the six clay tennis courts from the first tee.
Lichten Craig Architecture + Interiors had stabilized the structure decades ago but it was time to start over and the club turned to the architects again. The goal was to have the new building barely noticed as a replacement but to dramatically improve amenities, including new and expanded pro shops. The much beloved and iconic stairway, both outside and yet within the building, was still needed to provide a much-used path from the golf course to the tennis courts. More outdoor covered space was needed for protection from sun and sudden summer rainstorms. At Onteora, a long tradition of covered porches means cocktails at sunset with a view. The tradition lives on in this new building.
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