Jonathan Club

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The Jonathan Club is a private social club at two California locations—one in Downtown Los Angeles on South Figueroa Street and the other on the beach in Santa Monica. The club was included on the Platinum Club list of John Sibbald Associates in 2012 as one of the top five city clubs in the United States.[1]


The club was at one time believed to be named after Jonathan Trumbull, advisor to George Washington. But historical evidence states that the club was named after Brother Jonathan, the caricature predecessor to Uncle Sam. According to an undated but recent publication of the club titled Jonathan: A Very Special Club, the organization was founded in September 1895 by a group of men who had been active in a Los Angeles marching society. There is also evidence that the club's origin was tied to a group of Los Angeles Republicans who supported William McKinley's presidential campaign.[citation needed]


Membership in the club is by invitation. For most of its history, the club admitted only white men, but since 1987 it has also admitted women and minorities.[2]


In 1924 a contract was let for what Southwest Builder magazine called a "magnificent new home" for the club—its present brick-faced structure at 545 S. Figueroa Street, one block west of the Los Angeles Central Library.[3]

Since 1927, the club has had a beach location in Santa Monica, in a building designed by architect Gene Verge, Sr.[4]

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