This week's question focused on the history of an Uptown building, so I thought we'd delve into the history of two other structures you may have passed dozens of times without knowing their stories. Both are social clubs based in historic homes.
The first is for women: the Orleans Club at 5005 St. Charles Ave. The mansion dates to 1868 and reportedly was built as a wedding gift from Col. William Lewis Wynn to his daughter. It remained a private residence until 1925, when a group of women formed a social and cultural club and purchased the home as club headquarters. It remains home to the Orleans Club, whose name, by the way, is pronounced with a decidedly French accent.
Farther up St. Charles Avenue is the home of the Round Table Club. In 1896, grocer Christopher Doyle purchased the property for $12,520 and built the present home there, according to the Friends of the Cabildo's New Orleans Architecture series. The home was sold to the Round Table Club, a men's organization, in 1919. The club was founded in 1897 and was dedicated to the discussion of literary, artistic and scientific topics. The club continues to hold lectures and social gatherings at the home..