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In 1891, Henry Rogers and others established the University Club of Denver to promote social intercourse and encourage the currency of knowledge. Today, that vision has not changed.

The current clubhouse was dedicated in 1895, with major additions in 1923, 1957 and 1980. The building boasts eight banquet rooms, two bars and a number of charming common areas making the University Club of Denver a premium destination point for any event looking for a distinctive venue. 

The Club

The Lounge (first floor)

With its stained glass windows and a connected bar area, the Lounge is suited for mid-sized business meetings, receptions, small buffets and seated dinners. 

Presidents Room (first floor)

This graceful, Colonial-style room is ideal for private breakfasts, lunch or dinner meetings, intimate receptions and cocktail parties.

College Room (second floor)

Designed and constructed in1923 by Denver's noted architect Temple Buell, the two-story college room is reminiscent of the Edwardian Era with oak paneling and a marble fireplace. This room is perfect for weddings, banquets, receptions, dances and buffets. 

Reading Room (second floor)

Large and well lit, the Reading Room has always provided a comfortable place to read a paper, have a quiet chat, or linger in wait for a lunch companion. Here, the dark woodwork and lush chairs envelop you with the history of a fine city club. 

Additionally, the Reading Room is fabulous for cocktail receptions preceding dinner in the College Room. 

Directors Room (second floor)

This versatile room is excellent for mid-sized business meetings, luncheons and seated dinners. It may also provide additional seating for functions centered in the College Room.

Pool Room (second floor, adjacent to Member's Bar)

Sitting adjacent to the Member's Bar, participants often play "300" Pool; a quirky yet captivating version of the traditional game. With their bending, stretching and careful sighting, each match stacks upon the next building up to the University Club's Pool Tournament. True to the character of the establishment, the tournament lingers on throughout the year.

Terrace (seasonal, second floor)

Open from late April through early November, the Terrace has a spectacular view of the State Capitol. It offers a fun outdoor setting as an extension of the Reading Room.

Library (third floor)

Comfortably contained on the third floor above the noise of the bar and pool tables, the Library offers a quiet atmosphere for small business luncheons and dinners seating up to 12, comfortably. (The adjoining sitting area is available for cocktail service as well.)

Over 2,000 books dating from the mid 1800's to present line the bookshelves. 

Bridal Suite (third floor)

Previously known as the "Capitol Room" on account of it's view, the Bridal Suite is a spacious, well-lit room in which bridal parties are able to ready themselves for the day's main event. 

Squash Courts & Lounge (fourth floor)

Boasting a singles court as well as a doubles court, the University Club hosts several squash tournaments throughout the year. The courts are open during normal business hours in which members are able to reserve, play and practice at their leisure. 

The Squash Lounge provides a comfortable area to relax pre or post-game. The space is decorated with furniture and past tournament photos. A restroom sits at the back of the lounge with gatorade and beer available upon request and charged per consumption. 

Dress Code 

Men are encouraged to wear coats and ties and women, comparable attire; however, casual business attire is acceptable. Denim may be worn in the Members' Bar and on the Terrace only. Coats are required in the Main Dining Room for dinner.

Athletic apparel and other similar clothes are acceptable in the Squash Lounge and on the Squash Court, only.  

Cell Phones

Cell phone use is prohibited in the clubhouse with the exception of smart phone, internet usage.

Computers

Computers may be used throughout the clubhouse at your leisure. 

Guests

Guests are welcome for dining and club events, as well as matchups in squash and pool.

Smoking

Members and guests may smoke on the Terrace on the second floor of the clubhouse.

The University Club of Denver is located at 1673 Sherman Street just three blocks North of the Denver Capitol. 
 

Building Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Lunch Service:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner Service:

Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm


The University Club of Denver is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
*Available for special events only.
 

Driving to the University Club?

We suggest parking at the Star Park public lot located just 50 yards South of the University Club. This open lot has a fee of $5 after 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and a flat rate of $5 all day on the weekends. Payment is taken at the lot's self serviced kiosk. 
*The University Club will not be responsible for parking tickets issued in this lot. 

Additionally, parking on all streets surrounding the University Club is free after 6:00pm, Monday through Friday and free of charge on the weekends.

University Club of Denver
1673 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
303-861-4267


Colonel Bob Walcott
PRESIDENT
walcott78@aol.com

Clint Goodchild
GENERAL MANAGER
cgoodchild@uclubdenver.org

Eric Staggs
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER 
estaggs@uclubdenver.com

Dixie Reynolds
CONTROLLER
dreynolds@uclubdenver.org

Barbara Barnes
ACCOUNTING 
bbarnes@uclubdenver.org

Lisa Marie Blinn
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS
lmblinn@uclubdenver.com

Adyn Summer Pipoly
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING 
apipoly@uclubdenver.com

Nick Giovanni 
EXECUTIVE CHEF 
chef@uclubdenver.org

Paul Sutherland
BAR MANAGER 
barmanager@uclubdenver.org

Nick Johns
FRONT DESK
frontdesk@uclubdenver.org

Tradition

Tradition has been an important part of the University Club of Denver since its founding in 1891. Some of the Club's traditions are based on reverence and others on a sort of irreverence; we make a concerted effort not to take ourselves too seriously! This may be a major reason as to why our Club has survived and flourished, while other clubs have come and gone. 

To fully appreciate the University Club's experience, a member should know: What tradition means to us, how it is manifested, and where it lives. Naturally, tradition is rooted in what we do and where we do it.

It is good friends enjoying a heritage of camaraderie in a timeless building that spells, Tradition

On the third Friday evening of October, the University Club holds its Annual Meeting: a tradition-filled, members only, black tie affair. Upon arriving, members enjoy libations and light bites before making their way into the College Room for dinner and the marking of ballots for the Board of Directors and the Committee on Admissions. 

In the College Room, large bowls of steamed clams decorate the long tables, being continually replenished until members are ready to conduct business. The business meeting itself takes little time, and generally consists of the unanimous waiving of the last meetings minutes and the year-end Treasurer's Report.

The Annual Meeting is then commemorated with a live band upon which singing, dancing and inevitable laughter ensues. 


The Order of the Gilded Clam

The highlight of the Annual Meeting is always the awarding of the Gilded Clam, an honor initiated in 1923. Each year a special committee presents this coveted honor to a few fortunate recipients selected from the membership and staff.

The presentations are wildly irreverent, and the selection criteria are blissfully indefinable. Thereafter, the recipients proudly wear the small clam abed a red ribbon with their formal attire at U Club events!

 

Twelfth Night is undoubtedly the University Club's best-known and most prized tradition. The Twelfth Night shows are a spoof of local, national and international personalities and happenings of the previous year. Each annual show is written and presented by the Club's members in early January- no person or event is immune from the good spirited lampooning! 

The Club's Twelfth Night origins date back to when we settled into our newly built clubhouse on Sherman Street. With the opening slated for January 1, 1896, some members believed that the Club should not open with "old" booze, and set to finishing off the supply that had been brought from the old Club on New Year's Eve. What real success they had in that endeavor is unknown, but a simple story-telling contest emerged during that effort. So the members planned another for the following year. 

Around the Wassail Bowl in 1897, roughly twelve nights after Christmas, Twelfth Night began to evolve. The celebration harkened back to midwinter celebrations and even took on characteristics of certain medieval English festivals.

Nowadays, Twelfth Night kicks off in late October or early November when the King or Queen (the new Club President, elected right after the Annual Meeting), appoints the chairman of the show, known as The Fool.

To assist The Fool, a retreat is held in early December for those who write songs or dialogue, or otherwise help with the production of the show. At the retreat, food and drink stimulate the flow of creative juices. The King or Queen is also invited to attend, whether or not he or she has ever demonstrated any creative talent, whatsoever. 

Rehearsals begin in January and are held for approximately two weeks in the College Room. All Club Members are invited to participate in the production; New Members are especially encouraged to join the fray. The rehearsals themselves are great, light-hearted fun and often feature boisterous chorus renditions of "Down on the Farm," honoring the Fool, the King/Queen, the Music Director, the Assistant Fool and other worthy contributors to the shows success.

Twelfth Night 

Twelfth Night itself is a black tie affair, held on a Saturday evening. For the cast and past presidents of the Club, the evening starts with the President's Cocktail Party. With greetings of "Happy Twelfth Night," the rest of the assembled membership gathers for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the upstairs bar and reading room.

Following a sumptuous dinner in the conversion of the College Room from a banquet hall to a theater, a raucous Twelfth Night parade begins. The oldest living Fool in attendance leads the parade, followed by a live band. The chefs and waiters carry litters of food (including a roasting suckling pig) and all the other delicacies to be served at the midnight supper. Then come U Club's past presidents in their regal robes, the King or Queen, the Fool and finally, the costume members of the cast. 

When order has been restored and the members are seated, the Twelfth Night show begins with the Fool, bedecked in a jester's colorful costume, stepping through the closed curtain, looking up from the stage to the balcony, proclaiming: "M'Lord, again, the players are assembled!" Thus begins the snappy King-Fool dialogue, which always concludes with the royal commandment: "Let mirth be unrefined!" The curtain then parts, as the cast belts out the opening chorus. 

A remarkable performance follows that which can only be experienced. 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

This delectable holiday dinner combines elements of a fine club dining experience with a family touch. Turkeys are served by our exceptional staff. The event is a perennial favorite.  

Gingerbread Houses

Every December the University Club hosts a Gingerbread House Decorating event. The Club bears the fuss of cleanup as you and your family are able to get into the holiday spirit amongst other families enjoying gingerbread decorating as well as a delicious buffet spread presented by our talented kitchen staff. This event has become a staple and has helped the Club become a trans-generational family place. 

Christmas Dinner Dance 

The Christmas Dinner Dance is always a popular formal affair. Although most clubs have a similar holiday event, ours is distinguished by the setting, the sumptuous cuisine and the convivial membership, all followed by live music and dancing. 

Christmas Eve Dinner 

Carolers roam the festively decorated rooms, warbling favorite carols while members and guests enjoy the finest of food. Filled with the holiday spirit, ultimately everyone joins in a lively rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with each table lustily chiming in with its assigned verse. 

New Years Day 

The Club holds a fabulous reception on New Year's Day for members and guests. A superbly lavish buffet including mimosas and bloody marys signifies this event. This gathering has been a fan favorite for decades. 

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance 

Romance has its place at the Club in February, as the sweethearts gather for this event. Fine music and fine food abound as the couples move lightly across the College Room dance floor. Presumably, live music and full hearts fill the space. 

Easter Brunch (and children's Easter egg hunt)

The springtime giggles of children grace the place in this relatively new event! The children are the focus, as magicians, clowns and staff members try to keep up. Replete with pastel eggs and Easter bunnies, this brunch is always one of the Club's most anticipated family events. 

Mother's Day Brunch

We all know mother deserves a treat, and this is where the Club truly excels. Every year, moms are made to feel special and pampered at our home away from home on Sherman Street.  

The rooms at the University Club of Denver accommodate the events that engage us, keep us amused and sustain us from year to year. Used for everything from member meetings to social events, the footprints of tradition are apparent throughout the club.

The College Room 

In the College Room, hand-crafted collegiate seals embellish the great windows. On the South end of the hall sits the University Club crest, displayed over the great fireplace. This memorial fireplace was a gift from the widow of the Club's inaugural president, Henry Treat Rogers, and the crest (modeled after a memorial tower at Yale University) was designed by Yale alumni, James Grafton Rodgers and Richard H Hart. 


 

For many of our members, U Club Denver is a haven in an anotherwise chaotic day.