by Elizabeth Musgrave, GottaGo.us
The Columbia Club, initially a private Republican club of Indianapolis’ most distinguished residents, originated in 1888, with its clubhouse built in 1889. The objective of the Harrison Marching Society – as the members were known – was to support the election of General Benjamin Harrison as the 23rd president of the United States of America. The current 10-story limestone building overlooking downtown’s Monument Circle was erected in 1925 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The acceptance of women as members beginning in 1979 ushered in a modern format for the not-for-profit, private club. The current membership consists of all political affiliations and it is widely recognized as a distinguished business and social networking club.
Today, it includes a complete fitness center, 96 guest rooms, three restaurants, and two lounges for its 2200 members.
Celebrities, political figures, and other well known figures have visited, worked at or been a member, including:
Beginning in December of 2009, the club became home to The Cabaret, a swanky and sophisticated upscale music and theater venue. Located in the third floor’s Crystal Terrace, offerings range from New York City cabaret singers to local Blues performers.
International, national and local performers have graced The Cabaret’s stage, including:
Compared favorably by critics to NYC cabaret greats like the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and Café Carlyle, the 120-seat venue sells outs most performances trumpeting in its success at Indianapolis’ prestigious Columbia Club. Complimentary educational music programs, including master classes, have been added to the roster and are open to public.
For more details on membership or its history, visit: The Columbia Club.
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