The idea of the Kenwood Club arose in 1883 when several men from Kenwood wanted a “social and family club” in their area. In June of 1884, after the group was established for a few months, the club took hold in a physical location that used to be Norman B. Judd’s residence on 47th street near Lake Avenue. An addition was added on, and highlights of the club included a bowling alley in the basement, a dance hall, card rooms, a billiard room, and grass tennis courts outside, among the standard dining room, dressing rooms, etc.
In the late 1880s, the initiation fee was $100 with annual dues of $40. The ladies of the various members’ households were also allowed to use the club. The member listing from 1888 contained around 300 male members and 14 junior members.
Rendering of club in 1888
The Kenwood Club as it looks in my postcard had its cornerstone laid in 1895 at 1361 East 47th Street, near the original location. This new building had four bowling alleys, a telephone room, and a shuffleboard court. The club stopped operating in 1922, and the building was demolished in the 1960s.