Army and Navy Club (Washington, D.C.)
|Motto||"Never Stop Serving"|
|Type||Private Social Club|
|Headquarters||901 17th Street NW, Washington DC|
|Army and Navy Club Building|
|Location||1627 I Street NW|
|Opening||August 9, 1912|
|Roof||157 ft (48 m)|
|Floor area||337,000 sq ft (31,300 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Shalom Baranes Associates PC|
The club was founded in December 1885 as the United Service Club. At the time, membership was limited to officers who had served during wartime. It had a few rooms in a building at the corner of F and 14th streets NW. A few years later, it extended its membership eligibility to all officers and ex-officers of the Army, Navy, and Marines.
In the mid-1980s, the interior of the building was gutted, although the facade was retained and the original chandeliers were saved. The building was also expanded with a high-rise section, and the work on the building was completed in February 1987. The expanded Club's dedication ceremony was scheduled for January 7, 1988, but it was delayed due to a snowstorm that dropped 10 inches of snow on the city. The dedication ceremony was rescheduled for on January 12, 1988, at which time President Ronald Reagan formally dedicated the building.
Building and facilities
The Army and Navy Club Library is one of the oldest private libraries in the District of Columbia. The library has close to 20,000 volumes and provides an outstanding source of information on military history and the latest news.
The club includes dining rooms, guest rooms, meeting rooms, squash facilities, and a gym.
The building is a high-rise building, at least in Washington, D.C. The building rises 12 floors and 157 feet (48 m) in height. As of July 2008, the structure stands as the 24th-tallest building in the city, tied in rank with 1620 L Street, 1333 H Street, 1000 Connecticut Avenue, the Republic Building, 1010 Mass, 1111 19th Street and The Watergate Hotel and Office Building. It was formerly a seven-story building, completed in 1912. The additions to the original building were designed by architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates and was completed in 1987. The Army and Navy Club Building is an example of modern architecture, and is classified as a mixed use building; it is composed mostly of office space, with 337,000 square feet (31,000 m2) of commercial area, but also contains a clubhouse for The Army and Navy Club that includes a conference center, restaurant, hotel rooms and fitness center. The three basement levels are used as parking space, containing a 177-lot parking garage.
- "Club in New Home: Army and Navy Members Move to Sound of Bugle". The Washington Post. August 10, 1912. p. 7.
- "Washington Talk: Army and Navy Club: Quiet Place for Cards and Shaping History". The New York Times. January 8, 1988.
- "Clubs and Club Life". The Washington Post. December 20, 1891. p. 12.
- "Handsome Quarters of the Army and Navy Club". The Washington Post. August 24, 1891. p. 5.
- Schwinn, Beth (February 2, 1987). "Work Finished on Army and Navy Club". The Washington Post. p. F24/
- "Snowstorm Buries Capital, Government Shuts Down". Los Angeles Times. January 8, 1988. p. 1.
- "Military Personnel Praised by Reagan". Los Angeles Times. January 13, 1988. p. 13.
- "Army and Navy Club Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
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