Patterns of Wealth and Class in Philadelphia: 1846 and 1865

THE PHILADELPHIA CLUB

A sampling of members from the socially elite Philadelphia Club provided the third demographic. Founded in 1834, the Philadelphia Club originally began as a coffee House and is the oldest city men's club in the country, followed by New York and Boston.  The clubhouse building moved from Mrs. Rubicam’s Coffee House and Mrs. Arney’s Coffee House, to the Adelphi Building in 1834, to the Bonaparte House in 1835, to the Hemphill House in 1884, and to the Butler House in 1849. “Wherever situated, whether the old Adelphi Building, or in the Bonaparte House, or at 919 Walnut, or where it has stood for eighty-five years, the Club has always been within fifteen to twenty minutes walk from the town houses of those gentlemen who met to play cards at Mrs. Rubicam’s Coffee House in 1830.” Owen Wister, Philadelphia Club Member. The Philadelphia Club 1834-1934: Being a Brief History of the Club for the First Hundred Years.

1846 Sampling of Members

1865 Club Building, 1301 Walnut

(Photo Credit: The Philadelphia Club 1834-1934: Being a Brief History of the Club for the First Hundred Years)

1865 Sampling of Members