Club Legacy

Since 1873, The Hartford Club has been hosting many of New England’s most influential people for more than 140 years. Today, the Club remains a prestigious City Club for individuals and groups who advance and celebrate our unique culture and community. The Club’s Georgian-style clubhouse sanctifies within its storied walls the long-lasting relationships created among members and professionals in Hartford’s leadership community.

Since 1873, the Club has taken great pride in engaging individuals in a membership experience bound by both business and social incentives.

Since 1873, The Hartford Club has been serving as the meeting place for the "who's who of Hartford."

HONORING HISTORIC TRADITION

CULTIVATING THE NEW

A Brief Timeline of The Hartford Club

1873

First meeting of “Gentlemen who had agreed to form an Association for the promotion of social intercourse, art and literature” held August 8th. The “Trumbull House” at 53 Prospect Street leased for the Clubhouse and Club opens for business with 60 Members.

1874

Connecticut General Assembly approves the incorporation of The Hartford Club.

1875

Incandescent electric lights installed in the Clubhouse.

1881

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) accepted as a Member. Club has 78 Members including Cadwell Colt of Colt Firearms and Richard L. Gattling, inventor of the Gattling Gun.

1882

Club moves to the Wadsworth Mansion at the corner of Prospect and Atheneum Streets. $10,000 spent to refurbish the new Clubhouse.

1885

Members hold party for visiting entertainer Buffalo “Wild” Bill Cody.

1901

Club has 179 Members and merges with nearby Colonial Club, adding an additional 240 Members. Club authorizes purchase of land, architectural design and expenditures for a new Clubhouse at 46 Prospect Street — cost estimate $200,000.

1904

New Clubhouse opens and 400 Members attend opening ceremonies.

1912

Board votes to build an addition to include a ballroom with a stage and 30-foot ceilings, bowling alleys, squash courts, locker room and showers.

1913

New Ballroom completed and dedicated at a gala attended by 435 Members served by 70 waiters.

1915

Club offers the Ballroom for use as an accounting center for the manufacturing efforts to aid in World War I.

1926

Kitchen fire prompts employees to carry out valuable paintings while Members playing billiards resist evacuation. $130,000 worth of damage is incurred to the first floor lounge, second floor dining rooms, and third floor bedrooms.

1931

132 Members resign due to the Great Depression.

1938

Former President Herbert Hoover addresses Board meeting. Dinner included Oysters, Filet Mignon and Lobster for $1.50.

1963

First time a woman is allowed to lunch in the Main Dining Room.

1968

Travelers Company acquires back property of the Club for 2 million dollars; oversees million dollar renovation of Clubhouse.

1972

Laura Johnson becomes first full-fledged woman Member.

1983

Margaret Lawson becomes first woman President of the Club.

1998

Club celebrates 125th anniversary with over 1300 Members.

1999

Richard Weaver-Bey becomes the first African-American President of the Club.

2004

Severe Winter weather damage closes the club for several months; the possible sale of the clubhouse to the Wadsworth Atheneum is voted down by the members; and the newly decorated and refurbished Hartford Club holds a Gala re-opening in June.

Club undergoes million dollar renovation after severe storm damage.

2006

Club incorporates ongoing capital fund.

Completes major renovation to HVAC and builds one of a kind cigar lounge and member billiards room on second floor.

2015

Club strengthens membership through development of 1873 Group LLC. With the help of Board Members, President Brien Beakey rebuilt the club personnel, reaffirming the member experience through dining and services. Accredited and classically trained Executive Chef Leslie Tripp reinvented menus and reinvigorated the dining room to deliver first class quality and service.