At noon today, the Missouri Athletic Club, founded by amateur sportsmen in 1903, will celebrate the most recent milestone in more than a hundred years of distinguished operation in St. Louis. The MAC which has been located in an elegant 10-story clubhouse on Washington Avenue since 1916 — has been named to the National Register of Historic Places for both its architecture (William B. Ittner and George F.A. Breuggemann collaborated on its Renaissance Revival-ish design) and its role in the country’s social history.
Barb Geisman will represent me at the celebration. Charlie Brennan, who rarely misses an opportunity to talk about downtown, will anchor the podium for some short speeches by the MAC’s officers. I expect that local TV crews will take good advantage of the opportunity to enter the clubhouse doors to tape some of the MAC’s otherwise-hidden attributes for broadcast tonight. So, we’ll all get a chance to see what distinguished rosters of visitors and guests have enjoyed over the years.