The Duquesne Club
The Duquesne Club is Pittsburgh's premier social club, located on Sixth Avenue between Smithfield Street and Wood Street. Organized in 1873, the members-only club has consistently been rated as one of the best social organizations in the nation.
When first founded, the Duquesne Club was located at the corner of Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. The first social event was a gala dinner for President Ulysses S. Grant. Since that grand opening, the Duquesne Club membership has evolved from a fraternity of prominent industrialists into a diverse group that includes leaders in business, industry, finance, education, government, medicine and the arts.
The Duquesne Club moved to it's present location, a Romanesque-style clubhouse, in 1890. The building was enlarged in 1931, with an addition that included a garden patio, barbershop, and new kitchens. Surrounded by fine furnishings and exquisite works of art, members and their guests enjoy dining, social events, a world-class health and fitness center, gracious overnight accommodations, and well-equipped conference facilities.
The Club includes forty-two overnight rooms that are elegantly furnished. There are twenty-five dining rooms, each decorated in their own distinctive style, that are available to members for private functions. With 325 dedicated employees, outstanding facilities and central location in downtown Pittsburgh, membership in the Duquesne Club is a privilege that affords guests a first-class luxury experience every time they walk through the front door.
The Duquesne Club hosts more than 100 social events each year, designed to appeal to a variety of interests. One of the highlights of the Club's year is it's New Year's Day Open House, when all areas of the Club, including the kitchen, are open for tours. On this day, over 1,600 meals are served.
For over a century the Duquesne Club was a men's-only organization. In 1980, members voted to admit women for the first time. As of 2007, membership at the Duquesne Club included over 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.
For more information on the Duquesne Club, visit www.duquesne.org.
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