The Saginaw Club was founded in 1889 by a group of prominent business and professional leaders in the community. In the first year of the club, originally called the East Saginaw Club, over 200 men joined paying $100 each raising the funds to build the marvelous building on Washington Ave. Architect W.T. Cooper furnished plans, and ground was broken on July 1, 1889. Described as a monument to “enterprise, sagacity, and liberality.” the club house was opened on May 29, 1890. The inaugural event was a full-dress ball attended by 800 guests. Because it was a social club, no business was allowed to be conducted inside its doors, and a sign was posted over the door that still remains today: “Leave your daily toil outside.”
There is a myth that women were not allowed, but that was not true the wives and families of the members were welcomed for dinners and events and by 1928 women were allowed to become members. Originally the building contained 3 bowling alleys on the lower level, but they have been removed several years ago. In 2007 the grand old building was remodeled with the finest furnishings, artwork, and amenities.
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