Art Club of Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Art Club's building at 220 S. Broad Street. Designed by architect Frank Miles Day, built 1889-90, demolished 1975-76.

The Art Club of Philadelphia, often called the Philadelphia Art Club, was a club in Philadelphia, founded on February 7, 1887, to advance the arts.[1] It took on the same spirit as the Century Club of New York City: a comfortable, even opulent, place for member artists and art amateurs to work, stay, and socialize.

Its charter proclaimed:

The objects of the Club shall be to advance the knowledge and love of the Fine Arts, through the exhibition of works of Art, the acquisition of books and papers for the purpose of forming an Art library, lectures upon subjects pertaining to Art, receptions given to men or women distinguished in Art, Literature, Science or Politics, and by other kindred means, and to promote social intercourse among its members.[1]

The Art Club was one of the country's leading venues for solo and group art shows. Each year, the club presented a gold medal to the artist of an outstanding work, an art award that was viewed as one of the nation's most prestigious.

The club dissolved on November 9, 1940.[2]


  1. ^ a b Charter, constitution and by-laws of the Art Club of Philadelphia with house rules, report of the Board of Directors and list of members, 1898
  2. ^ Finkel, Kenneth; Susan Oyama (1988). Philadelphia then and now: 60 sites photographed in the past and present. Courier Dover Publications. p. 39. ISBN 9780486257907. Retrieved 2010-09-30.

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Coordinates: 39°56′55″N 75°09′53″W / 39.94856°N 75.16464°W / 39.94856; -75.16464