Gateway Club

Gateway Club, founded in 1913, occupied the Incubator [33-6]
on Olden Street for eight years -- the longest tenancy in that building's long and varied history as a club facility. In 1921, Gateway moved into the Italianate Revival building [32-44]
[32-45]
designed by William Ralph Emerson as Cap & Gown's second clubhouse. This structure had been moved in 1907 to make way for Cap's present brick clubhouse, and at that point had been taken over by Dial Lodge. This redoubtable old structure became vacant when Dial finished the construction of its new stone clubhouse on the north side of Prospect, allowing Gateway to move in.

Gateway remained in this building from 1921 until 1927. The club then shifted operations to a house at 70 Washington Road, next door to Terrace Club. This structure [32-32]
had originally been designed by Raleigh Gildersleeve (architect of Cap & Gown, Campus, and Elm Clubs, as well as numerous buildings for the University) as a private residence for Jesse Lynch Williams. David Patton later owned the building and sold it to Gateway as its clubhouse.

The building [42088]
[32-33]
was remodeled to fit the needs of an eating club and to blend stylistically with the mock Tudor appearance of Terrace Club to the north. The half-timbers and other Tudor details visible in photographs of the building date from these renovations.

Never very secure financially, Gateway Club folded in 1940. Shortly thereafter, the building was taken over by Prospect Club, established by the University as a non-selective alternative to the upperclass eating clubs. Prospect Club continued in business until 1961. The building was then converted for academic offices before being demolished to make way for the Center for Jewish Life in 1994.


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