Algonquin Club

The Algonquin Club of Boston, presently known as The Quin House,[1] is a private social club in Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1886. Originally a business-themed gentlemen's club, it is now open to men and women of all races, religions, and nationalities.

The Algonquin Club (2008) at 217 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston


The Algonquin Club of Boston was founded by a group, including General Charles Taylor.[2][3] Its clubhouse on Commonwealth Avenue was designed by McKim, Mead & White and completed in 1888, and was soon called "the finest and most perfectly appointed club-house in America"[4] and more recently the "most grandiose" of Boston's clubs.[5] At the time of founding women, Irish Catholics, Jews and blacks were not able to join the club.[2]

It remains the only "socially elite" old-guard Boston club with a purpose-built clubhouse.[6] The Harvard Club, for example, built its Commonwealth Avenue clubhouse in 1912–1913. A real estate company bought the clubhouse in 2018.[7] As of October 2020, the club is closed for renovations, including a new fitness facility and a roof deck.[8] It will remain a private club, but plans to expand its membership.[9] The Algonquin Club maintains reciprocal relationships with more than 150 social clubs worldwide.

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  1. ^ Kuschner, Erin (July 12, 2021). "Take a look inside The 'Quin House, a members-only social club". Retrieved 2022-11-25.
  2. ^ a b Hornblower, Samuel (April 27, 2000). "Fifteen Minutes: The Old Boys' Clubs". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2022-11-25.
  3. ^ Scott, Henry Edwards, ed. (1922). The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol. 37-52. pp. lxvi.
  4. ^ Moses King, King's Hand-book of Boston, Boston, 1889, p. 259
  5. ^ Muther, Christopher (July 10, 2021). "A stalwart of old Boston society is reinvented for modern sensibilities". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2022-11-25.
  6. ^ Hornblower, Samuel (April 27, 2000). "Fifteen Minutes: The Old Boys' Clubs". The Harvard Crimson. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Algonquin Club Acquired for $17.5 Million", BLDUP December 12, 2018
  8. ^ "Zoning Relief Granted to the Algonquin Club", The Boston Sun, August 3, 2018
  9. ^ "Permit Pulled for Renovations of Algonquin Club", BLDUP July 3, 2019

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