Harvard Club of New York

The Harvard Club of New York City, commonly called The Harvard Club, is a private social club located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA.

The Harvard Club of New York City
Harvard Club of New York is located in New York City
Harvard Club of New York
Harvard Club of New York is located in New York
Harvard Club of New York
Harvard Club of New York is located in the United States
Harvard Club of New York
Location27 W 44th St, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates40°45′20″N 73°58′52″W / 40.75566°N 73.9812°W / 40.75566; -73.9812Coordinates: 40°45′20″N 73°58′52″W / 40.75566°N 73.9812°W / 40.75566; -73.9812
Built1894, enlarged in 1905, 1915 and 1989[1]
ArchitectCharles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead & White
Architectural styleColonial Revival, neo-Georgian style
NRHP reference #80002693
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 28, 1980[2]
Designated NYCLJanuary 11, 1967

Incorporated in 1887, it is housed in adjoining lots at 27 West 44th Street and 35 West 44th Street. The original wing, built in 1894, was designed in red brick neo-Georgian style by Charles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead & White.


Founded without a location in 1865, by a group of Harvard University alumni, the club first rented a townhouse on 22nd Street.[3] In 1888, the members acquired land on 44th Street. The clubhouse was established in the neighborhood where many of New York City's other clubs, such as the New York Yacht Club, were located, and across the street from the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.

The club selected architect Charles Follen McKim, of McKim, Mead & White, for the project. The design was Georgian style of architecture with Harvard brick and Indiana limestone. The building's 1894 façade is reminiscent of McKim, Mead and White's 1901 gates at Harvard Yard. In 1905, Harvard Hall, the Grill Room, a new library, a billiard room, and two floors of guest rooms were added.

In 1915, McKim, Mead & White doubled the building's size by constructing the Main Dining Room, a bar, additional guestrooms, banquet rooms, and athletic facilities including a 7th floor swimming pool. In 2003, a new 40,000-square-feet contemporary glass and limestone building was added by Davis Brody Bond, under the direction of J. Max Bond, Jr.

In 1968, just before walking down the aisle to marry Marc Fasteau, her Harvard Law classmate, Brenda Feigen saw a "NO LADIES ALLOWED" sign on the club's library wall.[4][5] Feigen and her husband later appealed to the club to allow women among its members, but the board voted to reject the proposal. The newlyweds soon after launched a class action lawsuit against the club for discriminating on the basis of sex. After five years of legal work, in the last conference before the trial was set to begin, a federal judge ordered the club to take one final vote.[6] The next day, on January 11, 1973, the club voted 2,097 to 695 to admit female members.[7] Publicly, the club's outgoing president, Albert H. Gordon, maintained that the vote was unconnected with the discrimination suit filed earlier in the year.[8] Nevertheless, the decision marked a win for Feigen, who would come back together with her fellow plaintiffs in 2008 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the success.[9]

The building is sometimes used for outside corporate events such as business conferences.[10]



To be eligible for election to membership, a candidate must hold a degree or honorary degree from Harvard, be a tenured faculty member at the University, or serve as an officer, or member of any Board or Committee of the University. Dues levied are on a sliding scale, based on age and proximity to the Club. Like most private clubs, members of the Harvard Club are given reciprocal benefits at clubs around the United States and the world.[11]

Notable membersEdit


The HCNY Foundation has a scholarship fund that helps support 20 undergraduates at Harvard College and several students in graduate programs, as well as international student exchange programs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Edition, page 233
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "Official History". Harvard Club of New York. Archived from the original on 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-06-15.
  4. ^ Feigen, Brenda. Not One of the Boys. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000, p. 18
  5. ^ Vespa, Mary. "Woman's Lib Marries Man's Lib a Real-life 'Adam's Rib.'" People Magazine, vol. 2, no. 24, 9 December 1974.
  6. ^ Feigen, Brenda. Not One of the Boys. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000, p. 19-10
  7. ^ "N.Y. Harvard Club Approves Full Membership for Women." The Harvard Crimson, 12 January 1973, http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1973/1/12/ny-harvard-club-approves-full-membership
  8. ^ "The Harvard Club Votes 2,097 to 695 To Accept Women." The New York Times, 12 January 1973, p.41 https://www.nytimes.com/1973/01/12/archives/the-harvard-club-votes-2097-to-695-to-accept-women.html?_r=0
  9. ^ "Veteran Feminists of America Honors Feminist Lawyers Featuring Justice Ginsberg." Feminist Majority Foundation, 9 June 2008, http://feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=11071
  10. ^ "The Decline of 'Big Soda'". The New York Times. October 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Membership". Harvard Club of New York.
  12. ^ "Women say director James Toback assaulted them at Harvard Club of New York". Boston.com. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  13. ^ Murphy, Dean E. (2001-07-25). "Bloomberg Quietly Left Four Mostly White Clubs". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-27.

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