The Metropolitan Club, situated in the midst of commercialism, is part of a cluster of clubhouses, providing a bulwark of old money and political influence. The prominent firm of Heins and La Farge from New York had probably gained the attention of the club's leaders by its work on Saint Matthew's Cathedral a few blocks to the north.
The main facade of the club building faces H Street, making for a quieter entrance than would one on 17th Street. The symmetrical three-story structure, which is formed of buff brick and trimmed in limestone, resembles a Renaissance Revival residence entered through a portico flanked by bowed bay windows. To the rear is an accordionlike Postmodern office addition designed by Keyes Condon Florance. Its design provides a breathing space between the club and the offices.