One of the city’s most scholarly Georgian Revival adaptations, the University Club is Wisconsin’s only work by John Russell Pope, designer of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The building’s symmetry, red brick walls, and chaste styling recall London’s private men’s clubs. The elegant building, trimmed with carved and dressed Bedford limestone, was altered in 1954 by the addition of an incongruous cocktail lounge of verdigris copper on the rooftop with a dramatic curved bar where members enjoy a view of Lake Michigan. One of the city’s prestigious private social organizations, the University Club originated in 1898 as a gathering place for college-educated men interested in intellectual pursuits. This was the club’s second home and repeats the original’s Georgian Revival style to reflect the English enlightenment period and suggest its members’ unostentatious good taste.
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