Duquesne Club

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The Duquesne Club
The logo of the Duquesne Club
The logo of the Duquesne Club
Formation 1873 (141 years ago)
Type City club
Location
  • 325 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Membership ~ 2,700 (men and women)
General Manager Scott Neill, CCM
Website www.duquesne.org

The Duquesne Club is a private social club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded in 1873.

History[edit]

Duquesne Club Building, built in 1887

The Duquesne Club was founded in 1873. Its first president was John H. Ricketson.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

The Club voted to admit women for the first time in its history in 1980.[1] 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.[1][2]

In 2009, the Duquesne Club was ranked as the second best city club in the nation, behind the Union League Club of Philadelphia.[3]

Notable Guests[edit]

Among notable guest to the club are U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as Colin Powell, Polish leader Edward Gierek[4] and Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.[5]

Membership[edit]

As of 2007, membership at the Duquesne Club consisted of about 2,700 men and women.[6] Though the Club does not discriminate in its selection of members, membership is by invitation from an existing member only.[6]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 79°59′55″W / 40.441933°N 79.998592°W / 40.441933; -79.998592

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Historical timeline". The Duquesne Club. 2004. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Duquesne Club". The Duquesne Club. 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Top 15 City Clubs". Platinum Clubs of America (r) 2009. John Sibbald Associates, Inc. 2009. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ccxRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YG0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1829%2C1621435
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uccQACFaGhM
  6. ^ a b "Membership". The Duquesne Club. 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2010.