Thirty-nine women founded The Woman's Club in 1907. Built in 1928, the present six-floor Clubhouse at 410 Oak Grove Street was designed for us by Léon Arnal, architect of the Foshay Tower. Designated a Minneapolis Historic Treasure, The Clubhouse is filled with inspiring gathering and event spaces. Our Rooftop Terrace has breathtaking views of Loring Park and the downtown Minneapolis skyline; our historic Theatre seats more than 600 and is a superb venue for special events; our elegant Lounge and Dining Rooms are the perfect places to relax with friends.
In addition to being a catalyst for connection, The Woman's Club has a long and storied history of community impact. In the early 1900's, The Club was responsible for installing plumbing systems in the city's public schools, establishing the City Civic Commission, funding Eloise Butler's Theodore Wirth Gardens until the Minnesota legislature took over, and founding the Minneapolis Society for the Blind, now known as Vision Loss Resources. Today, our original mission of "educational, civic, and social services, study and friendly association" continues. In addition to our many outreach activities, The Club each year gives scholarship monies and grants that benefit women and children; over the years we have given over five million dollars. In 2015, we gave scholarship monies to the MCTC Foundation -- a 30-plus year tradition -- and gave grants to ten nonprofit organizations.
Education is another of our deep commitments. We continue to operate the historic Ard Godfrey House in Chute Square, which was our bicentennial gift to the city. We have a robust education program, including a circulating library and stimulating talks for our members and guests on a broad variety of topics and issues.
We are many things to our members and guests -- a friend, a respite, a force for good, a place for belonging. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis welcomes you, women and men. Come join us.