Army and Navy Club (Washington, D.C.)

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Army & Navy Club
Motto"Never Stop Serving"
Formation1885; 134 years ago (1885)
TypePrivate Social Club
Headquarters901 17th Street NW, Washington DC
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Army and Navy Club Building
Army and Navy Club Building.JPG
General information
TypeMixed use
Location1627 I Street NW
Washington, D.C.
United States
Coordinates38°54′05″N 77°02′18″W / 38.9015°N 77.0382°W / 38.9015; -77.0382Coordinates: 38°54′05″N 77°02′18″W / 38.9015°N 77.0382°W / 38.9015; -77.0382
OpeningAugust 9, 1912; 107 years ago (1912-08-09)[1]
Roof157 ft (48 m)
Technical details
Floor count12
Floor area337,000 sq ft (31,300 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectShalom Baranes Associates PC

The Army and Navy Club is a private club located at 901 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. The Army and Navy Club Building is one of the tallest buildings in the city of Washington.


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The club was founded in December 1885 as the United Service Club.[2][3] At the time, membership was limited to officers who had served during wartime.[3] It had a few rooms in a building at the corner of F and 14th streets NW.[3] A few years later, it extended its membership eligibility to all officers and ex-officers of the Army, Navy, and Marines.[3]

The club changed its name to The Army and Navy Club in 1891.[4] Its building was designed by Albert L. Harris. The building was completed and officially opened on August 9, 1912.[1]

In the mid-1980s, the interior of the building was gutted, although the facade was retained and the original chandeliers were saved.[5] The building was also expanded with a high-rise section, and the work on the building was completed in February 1987.[3] 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.[6] The dedication ceremony was rescheduled for on January 12, 1988, at which time President Ronald Reagan formally dedicated the building.[7]

Building and facilities[edit]

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.[8] 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.[8] The Army and Navy Club Building is an example of modern architecture,[8] 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.[8] The three basement levels are used as parking space, containing a 177-lot parking garage.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Club in New Home: Army and Navy Members Move to Sound of Bugle". The Washington Post. August 10, 1912. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Washington Talk: Army and Navy Club: Quiet Place for Cards and Shaping History". The New York Times. January 8, 1988.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Clubs and Club Life". The Washington Post. December 20, 1891. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Handsome Quarters of the Army and Navy Club". The Washington Post. August 24, 1891. p. 5.
  5. ^ Schwinn, Beth (February 2, 1987). "Work Finished on Army and Navy Club". The Washington Post. p. F24/
  6. ^ "Snowstorm Buries Capital, Government Shuts Down". Los Angeles Times. January 8, 1988. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Military Personnel Praised by Reagan". Los Angeles Times. January 13, 1988. p. 13.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Army and Navy Club Building". Retrieved 2008-07-13.

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