Designed by Owsley, this club of orange-yellow brick has two hipped-roof pavilions flanking a slightly recessed central section. For this design, Owsley appears to have been influenced by the clubs designed by McKim, Mead and White in New York City that resemble Italian Renaissance palaces. The dramatic entrance facing State Street features a pedimented portico supported by Ionic columns and a pair of elaborately decorated wooden doors with a stone surround carved with a swag and a family crest; above is a semicircular transom. The recreational and educational facility, founded by Frank H. Buhl, was intended as a place of “innocent amusements” for the men of Sharon, and accommodated a gymnasium, billiard rooms, bowling alleys, music room, and a library. In 1969, the club accepted women as full members and added a swimming pool, new gymnasium, and locker rooms.
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Frank H. Buhl Club
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