The Knickerbocker Club, New York
|Predecessor||Union Club of the City of New York|
|Headquarters||2 East 62nd Street|
New York, NY
The Knick's current clubhouse, a Neo-Georgian structure at 2 East 62nd Street, was commissioned in 1913 and completed in 1915, on the site of the mansion of Josephine Schmid, a wealthy widow. It was designed by William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich, and has been designated a city landmark.
By the 1950s, urban social club membership was dwindling, in large part because of the movement of wealthy families to the suburbs. In 1959, the Knickerbocker Club considered rejoining the Union Club, merging The Knick's 550 members with the Union Club's 900 men, but the plan never came to fruition.
- Frederick Baldwin Adams (1878–1961), businessman and philanthropist
- H. Montagu Allan (1860–1951), banker, ship owner, lieutenant-colonel of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Chester Alan Arthur II (1864–1937), sportsman, art connoisseur, and son of President Chester A. Arthur
- John Lambert Cadwalader (1836–1914), lawyer, United States Assistant Secretary of State
- Alexander Cartwright (1820–1892), author of the rules of an early version of baseball, from which the present game evolved
- Finn M. W. Caspersen (1941–2009), attorney, corporate chief executive, philanthropist
- William A. Chanler (1867–1934), explorer, soldier and New York politician
- Henry Ives Cobb, Jr. (1883–1974), architect and artist
- Edgar G. Crossman (1895–1967), lawyer, soldier, diplomat
- Frank Crowninshield (1872–1947), journalist, developer of Vanity Fair
- Robert Daniel (1936-2012), member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and son of Robert Williams Daniel.
- H. B. Hollins (1854–1938), financier, banker
- Woodbury Kane (1859–1905), yachtsman, bon vivant
- Joseph Florimond Loubat (1831–1927), philanthropist
- Anthony Dryden Marshall (1924-2014), theatrical producer, former ambassador
- Frederick Townsend Martin (1849–1914), writer and anti-poverty advocate
- J. P. Morgan (1837–1913). banker and financier — resigned when a friend he had sponsored for membership was blackballed and founded the Metropolitan Club.
- David Rockefeller (1915–2017), banker
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), President of the United States — joined in 1903 upon his graduation from Harvard University. Resigned from the club in 1936 amid the furor surrounding his re-election campaign attacks on the "malefactors of great wealth."
- William Watts Sherman (1842–1912), businessman
- Craig Wadsworth (1872–1960), diplomat, steeplechase rider, and member of Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders
- James Montaudevert Waterbury, Sr. (1851–1931), businessman, industrialist
- Henry White (1850–1927), diplomat
- Robert Winthrop (1833–1892), banker
- James T. Woodward (1837–1910), banker
- Jerauld Wright (1898–1995), Navy Commander-in-Chief
Relationship with other clubs
The Knick has reciprocal arrangements with clubs around the world, such as the Cercle Royal du Parc in Brussels, Circolo della Caccia in Rome, Australian Club, Brooks's Club and the Turf Club in London, the Jockey-Club de Paris and the Nouveau Cercle de l'Union, the Melbourne Club, the Kildare Street & University Club, and the Círculo de Armas de Buenos Aires.
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- Pollak, Michael. "Was Anyone Killed at the Knickerbocker Club?" New York Times (FEB. 21, 2014).
- Miller, Tom (2011-04-11). "Daytonian in Manhattan: The Lost 1898 Del Drago Mansion -- No. 807 Fifth Avenue". Daytonian in Manhattan. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
- Gray, Christopher. "Inside the Union Club, Jaws Drop", New York Times (Feb. 11, 2007).
- Information about the building at TheCityReview.com