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Jonathan Club Grill Room, view 8
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Security Pacific National Bank 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 8: Interior view of The Grill Room, which is one of Jonathan Club's several restaurants. A large round table with a capacity to seat a dozen people can be seen in the forefront, and several smaller ones are visible in the back, all have been set up possibly for the day's lunch or dinner crowd. This major second floor room was originally The Game Room, and had a grill on the west end. Today, another grill stands in the same place as the original. The room paneling is original and the chairs are the original 1925 furniture, but covered today in leather instead of the original patterned upholstery.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Organizations-Jonathan Club-Building-Interiors.; S-000-870.8 8x10
Jonathan Club
Associations, institutions, etc.--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Buildings--California--Los Angeles
Clubs--California--Los Angeles
Schultze & Weaver

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