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Life Span: 1884-TBD
Location: 252 West Monroe Street
The LaSalle Club is a political and social organization. All the leading Republican politicians belong to it, and it is the centre of Republican activity in Chicago. Beginning in a humble way, the growth of the Club in prosperity and influence has been wonderful, until its membership now embraces the names of seven hundred and fifty men. Organized in 1884, the LaSalle Club began its existence in a few rooms at No. 9 Laflin Street. Thence it moved to No. 28 Warren Avenue, and early in 1888 it took possession of the fine building it now occupies, at 252 West Monroe Street, formerly the residence of C. C. Holton, Esq.
The house is of marble, three stories and a basement, a frontage of 125 feet and a depth of 95 feet, with addition, built by the Club, 48 feet by 125. In the basement are the lunch room, the cafe, cigar stand, gymnasium, and a magnificent bowling alley, containing five alleys and two shuffle boards.
On the first story are the hall, two large parlors, the reading room and the office, and in the addition the billiard room, with twelve tables. The second story contains eighteen card rooms, and a superb assembly room in the addition. The third story is as yet unfinished. The house is very handsomely furnished throughout, and no pains are spared by the Board of Management to make the LaSalle one of the finest and most popular clubs in the city. The initiation fees and dues are comparatively small, the former being fifty dollars and the latter twenty dollars.
The first President of the LaSalle was E. Nelson Blake, who served two years ; H. S. Burkhardt succeeded him, and Mr. Burkhardt was in turn succeeded by George H. Williams, the present incumbent. The Vice-Presidents are Messrs. D. B. Scully, William Law (Jr.), James M. Johnson, and John Spry. George B. Swift is Treasurer, and F. S. Cable is Secretary. The Board of Directors consists of Messrs. C. H. George, J. W. Wainright, G. W. Stanford, C. A. Dew, J. W. Fernald, Samuel Simons, AV. D. Kent, D. F. Flannory and Col. A. H. Wheeler.