The club as seen from Eighth Avenue (2013)
|Formation||March 11, 1889|
|Headquarters||25 Eighth Avenue|
|New York metropolitan area|
The Montauk Club, a private social club located at 25 Eighth Avenue on the corner of Lincoln Place, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, was founded in 1889 by prominent Brooklyn residents excited about Brooklyn's economic boom following the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Founding members included Charles Pratt, Richard Schermerhorn, and Edwin C. Litchfield.
The landmark clubhouse was built in 1889-91 and was designed by Francis H. Kimball in the Venetian Gothic style. Built of brownstone and brick, it features verdegris copper and terra cotta produced by the New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works. It is ornamented with representations of the Montauk tribe of Native Americans the club is named after, which can be found on the building's capitals, over the main entrance, and on a continuous frieze between the third and fourth floors. Other panels depict a meeting in 1659 between the Montauks and Europeans, and the laying of the cornerstone of the building.
Since its erection, the Club has hosted many prominent political figures, including former U.S. presidents Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy.
In the late twentieth century the club faced declining membership and financial difficulties. It eventually sold its upper two floors, which were converted into apartments. However, the clubhouse has enjoyed a revival in recent years. A "house subcommittee for under 35s," also known as the Stephen Talkhouse Fellows, has attracted new membership. The Corduroy Club holds meetings at the Montauk Club on January 11 (1/11) and November 11 (11/11), the dates most resembling corduroy. In 2007, the bar and dining areas of the club began hosting events aimed at young men and women in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.
In popular culture
The club has been used as a location in films such as Prizzi's Honor, Definitely, Maybe, Gigantic, The Squid and the Whale, Rounders, Illuminata, and City Hall and television shows such as The Mysteries of Laura, Boardwalk Empire, Gotham, The Good Wife, Public Morals and Person of Interest.
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