Duquesne Club facts for kids
|Formation||1873 (148 years ago)|
|≈2,700 (men and women)|
|Scott Neill, CCM|
The Duquesne Club was founded in 1873. Its first president was John H. Ricketson. The club's present home, a Romanesque structure designed by Longfellow, Alden & Harlow on Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, was opened in 1890; an addition designed by Janssen & Cocken that included a garden patio, barbershop, and new kitchens was constructed in 1931. The building achieved landmark status from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 1976, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The Club voted to admit women for the first time in its history in 1980. A health-and-fitness center was added in 1994, and the Club was ranked as #1 City Club in America in 1997, an honor that would be repeated in 2001, 2003, and 2006.
Among notable guests to the club are U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, Oil businessman and millionaire Philip M. Shannon owned an apartment in the club and died there in 1915.
As of 2007, membership at the Duquesne Club consisted of about 2,700 men and women. Though the Club does not discriminate in its selection of members, membership is by invitation from an existing member only.
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