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The Irvington Tennis Club
2131 NE Thompson

The Irvington Club is in its second hundred years as the neighborhood's center for recreation and socialization.  One of the oldest tennis clubs in the country, this member-owned complex offers indoor and outdoor tennis, swimming, exercise facilities, and a community room.  Historic photographs of the club are featured in the clubhouse lounge area.

The original tennis courts, set up in 1898, were located in the center of the block bounded by Tillamook, Hancock, 19th, and 21st Aves.  But in 1905, the club bought its current site and built permanent courts and a clubhouse building.  The club owned the entire block, and the north half was devoted to a public park and playground.  Unfortunately, economic hardship during the Great Depression forced the club to sell the north half of the block.  The "Cape Cod Cottage" style houses on that half of the block were built between 1938 and 1940.

The postwar years brought renewed prosperity to the club, which is now a thriving part of community life.  A history of the club, its tournaments, and leading members titled The Club That Roared: 100 Years of the Irvington Club is available at local bookstores.

 

 

 

The oldest section of the existing clubhouse is the two story corner building designed by noted Portland architect (and early Irvington resident) Ellis Lawrence in 1912.  It is one of only 5 Craftsman Style structures designed by Lawrence during his long career.  As a result of the design by one of Oregon's most noted architects, this section of the Irvington Club buildings was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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