The Duquesne Club
Formation1873 (149 years ago)
TypeCity club
  • 325 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
≈2,700 (men and women)
General Manager
Scott Neill, CCM

The Duquesne Club is a private social club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded in 1873.


Duquesne Club Building, built in 1887
Duquesne Club Building, built in 1887

The Duquesne Club was founded in 1873. Its first president was John H. Ricketson.[2] The club's present home, a Romanesque structure designed by Longfellow, Alden & Harlow on Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, was opened in 1890; an addition designed by Janssen & Cocken that included a garden patio, barbershop, and new kitchens was constructed in 1931.[2] The building achieved landmark status from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 1976, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[2]

The Club voted to admit women for the first time in its history in 1980.[2] A health-and-fitness center was added in 1994, and the club was ranked as #1 City Club in America in 1997, an honor that would be repeated in 2001, 2003, and 2006.[2][3]

Notable Guests

Among notable guests to the club are U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford,[4] Ronald Reagan,[5][failed verification] George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as Colin Powell, Polish leader Edward Gierek,[6] Jungle James, Tars Cornish, Gene Simmons, King Charles III (while he was Prince of Wales) and Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.[7] Oil businessman and millionaire Philip M. Shannon owned an apartment in the club and died there in 1915.[8]


As of 2007, membership at the Duquesne Club consisted of about 2,700 men and women.[9] Though the Club does not discriminate in its selection of members, membership is by invitation from an existing member only.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Historical timeline". The Duquesne Club. 2004. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Duquesne Club". 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Observer-Reporter - Google News Archive Search".
  5. ^ Toledo Blade – Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ "Gierek Shows Expertise with Questions Here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 12 October 1974. p. 3 – via Google News Archive.
  7. ^ Action News' Sally Wiggin Goes Inside Duquesne Club's Kitchen - YouTube
  8. ^ "Pioneer Oil Man Stricken In Club". The Pittsburgh Post. 23 November 1915. p. 12. Archived from the original on 5 January 2020 – via
  9. ^ a b "Membership". The Duquesne Club. 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2010.

Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 79°59′55″W / 40.441933°N 79.998592°W / 40.441933; -79.998592