National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco

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National Register #04000955
Woman's Athletic Club
640 Sutter Street
AKA Metropolitan Club
Built 1917 and 1923

The Woman's Athletic Club was the first women's athletic club west of Chicago when it opened in 1917 and as the largest such club in the country after its expansion in 1923. It was also the catalyst for the emergence of a women's club district in the 1920s - a concentration of several of the most important women's organizations in San Francisco.

The architectural firm of Bliss & Faville based the façade on that of the St. Gabriel's Branch of the New York Public Library designed by McKim, Mead & White. Both buildings are derived from early Renaissance palazzi in Florence.

The name of the club was changed to Metropolitan Club in 1966.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination approved 28 July 2004.

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