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The Denver Athletic Club, founded in 1884, is a private athletic and social club that is member-owned. Located in Downtown Denver, Colorado, USA, the club is convenient for downtown residents and working professionals. Residing in the historical 1325 Glenarm Place near the Colorado Convention Center, The DAC was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1][2]

Denver Athletic Club
The property in 2009.
Denver Athletic Club is located in Colorado
Denver Athletic Club
Denver Athletic Club is located in the United States
Denver Athletic Club
Location1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, Colorado
Coordinates39°44′30″N 104°59′35″W / 39.74167°N 104.99306°W / 39.74167; -104.99306Coordinates: 39°44′30″N 104°59′35″W / 39.74167°N 104.99306°W / 39.74167; -104.99306
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectVarian, E.P.; Sterner, Frederick J.
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
NRHP reference #79000580[1]
CSRHP #5DV.149
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 1979



Denver Athletic Club in 1890

Founded in 1884, The DAC opened as a gymnasium "for purpose of encouraging all proper athletic sports and pastimes of any kind and nature whatsoever". William D. Rathvon, is regarded as its founding father. The Denver Athletic Club's first home was located in a former church building at 18th and Curtis. Charter members were charged a $3.00 initiation fee, and it was for men only. It moved to its current facility at 1325 Glenarm in 1890. On November 15, 1890, it opened an athletic field with a football game versus the University of Colorado. In 1900, a library was started and grew to hold over 8,000 titles.Through the years, The DAC has thrived by promoting athletics, social interaction, and business relationships. In 2009, The Denver Athletic Club celebrated its 125th anniversary and to this day continues to be a club that fits the Denver lifestyle.[2]

Features and benefitsEdit


  • 150,000 square feet of athletic facilities
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • CrossFit Box
  • 25 meter, 8 lane swimming pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor running track
  • 5 International single squash courts and 2 doubles courts
  • 6 racquetball courts
  • 8 lane private bowling alley
  • A variety of fitness classes including yoga, pilates, and cycling


  • Fine & casual dining
  • On-site medspa
  • Massage therapy
  • Shoeshine
  • Hair salon
  • Business development programs
  • Networking events
  • Award-winning childcare services
  • Special occasion and wedding Venue
  • Billiards parlour and pub


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth B. Lutz (April 20, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Denver Athletic Club / D.A.C." National Park Service. Retrieved 2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help) With photo from 1979.

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