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Seven military officers, all veterans of the Civil
War, met in 1885 in Washington,
D.C. to form a Club. Together the seven represented the Army, Navy
and Marine Corps. Two were on active
duty, three were retired officers and two were members of the Loyal Legion, a
society composed of individuals who had served as officers of the Union Army
The Club they formed, then called the United
Service Club, rented a room at Klotz’s Hofbrauhaus at 1708-1710 G Street, N.W. The Club soon outgrew the small rented room
and by 1891 had obtained a new Clubhouse on the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue
and I Streets, N.W. By 1892, the Club
changed its name to The Army and Navy Club and moved into its new Clubhouse,
which was dedicated by President Harrison.
Membership continued to
increase and the Club soon outgrew its new Clubhouse. The Club commissioned an
architectural firm to design a new Clubhouse and in 1912 the
new Clubhouse was opened with the members marching
across the street from the old Clubhouse.
The formal opening and dedication took place in the fall with President
In 1983 the Clubhouse was closed for renovation and
was reopened in 1987, ready with all of the modern conveniences which the
members have come to enjoy. The
Clubhouse has hotel rooms, a large library, a bar and grill, a main dining
room, a cocktail lounge (known as the Daiquiri Lounge because the first
daiquiri served in the United States was served at the Club), a ballroom, four banquet
rooms suitable for private parties, meetings, receptions, etc., and an
impressive athletic facility which includes a workout room, racquetball, and
The roster of the Club’s membership, past and
present, contains many of the most illustrious names in our military and
political history, many of whom have been instrumental in history-making
accomplishments. One member made the
first solo flight across the Atlantic, another participated in the first
around-the-world flight, another was one of the first men to land on the moon,
and a number have served as President and Vice-President of the United States. Eight Club members were featured on the cover
of TIME Magazine, four of them several times each.