3. The Lotos Club (1870)

The Lotos Club is one of the oldest literary clubs in the United States and counts Mark Twain, who called it “The Ace of Clubs,” a member. It has traditionally had a more inclusive outlook, including Ladies Days starting in 1872 before women were allowed. Its “State Dinners” have played host to U.S. Presidents, explorers like Amelia Earhart, artists like Leonard Bernstein and Roy Lichtenstein and even athletes like Joe DiMaggio.

The current building on East 66th Street was a mansion built for the daughter of William H. Vanderbilt. The Lotos Club was originally located on Irving Place and moved several times.

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  1. Quint Spitzer Reply

    You might want to update this article. The Harmonie Club was founded in 1852…making it the 2nd oldest

    • michelle young Reply

      Hey Quint! Thanks for the add, we didn’t aim for the 10 absolute oldest in this piece but the Harmonie Club is a great catch!

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