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Jonathan Club Library, view 6
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Jonathan Club, consistently rated as one of the most prestigious social clubs in the United States, is said to have been founded in September 1895 by a group of men who had been active in a Los Angeles marching society. In 1905 the club was headquartered in the Pacific Electric Building at 610 S. Main Street - at the time, the transportation hub for Southern California. The top three floors of that building housed the Jonathan Club, which was one of the city's most exclusive private clubs even back then. In 1924, a contract was drawn-up for a "magnificent new home", and a 12-story Italian Renaissance style brick building was built at 545 South Figueroa and 6th Street by New York architects, Schultze and Weaver; it has remained at this location for the past 85 years. In 1927 a second club, The Jonathan Beach Club, opened in Santa Monica at 850 Palisades Beach Road. The beach club is nestled at the foot of the bluffs in Santa Monica, fronting the beach and the Pacific Ocean; that portion of the beach is off limits to all but club members, their families, and their guests. Membership into this private and extremely exclusive club (reportedly strictly limited to USC Alumni) is by invitation only and was once open solely to men, but since 1987 it has allowed membership for women. Today, the Jonathan Club stands as a Los Angeles landmark in the heart of the Downtown business district.
View 6: Interior view of the Jonathan Club Library. The section pictured here shows several "open stacks", consisting of a table in the middle of the area, and four chairs positioned around it; shelving lines the walls, consisting mostly of reference books. A fireplace and two large ceramic lions can be seen along the back wall. An open and elegant reading room (not visible from this angle) is at one end of this exclusive library, and smaller "stack" sections (such as the ones pictured here) are at the other end. Jonathan Club Library contains between 6,000 and 7,000 volumes.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Organizations-Jonathan Club-Building-Interiors.; S-000-871.6 8x10
Jonathan Club
Associations, institutions, etc.--California--Los Angeles
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Buildings--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles
Clubs--California--Los Angeles
Schultze & Weaver

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