The logo of the Duquesne Club
|Formation||1873 (142 years ago)|
|~ 2,700 (men and women)|
|Scott Neill, CCM|
The Duquesne Club was founded in 1873. Its first president was John H. Ricketson. 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. 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.
The Club voted to admit women for the first time in its history in 1980. 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.
Among notable guest to the club are U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as Colin Powell, Polish leader Edward Gierek and Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
As of 2007, membership at the Duquesne Club consisted of about 2,700 men and women. Though the Club does not discriminate in its selection of members, membership is by invitation from an existing member only.
- List of American gentlemen's clubs
- Economic Club of Pittsburgh
- Allegheny HYP Club
- Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
- The Duquesne Club (official site)
- The Duquesne Club's club policies
- WTAE-TV feature on the Club kitchen on YouTube
- 1981 news feature
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