• The cornerstone for the original building was laid in 1887 for a men’s club called The Manor Club. While exclusively a men’s club at that time, the wives and female friends of members were invited to use the building on Tuesdays for their activities. They became the Tuesday Afternoon Club, a tradition that we continue with our Tuesday luncheons and programs

 

  • By 1913 the members of the men’s club decided to disband and offered the building to the women of the Tuesday Afternoon Club.  They immediately agreed and created a vibrant women’s club.

 

  • Soon the membership and their activities had so increased that the leadership realized that they needed a larger space. Instead of enlarging the original Manor Club building the women decided that building a new one would be more economical. By 1922 the new club house was formally opened to its members. However, by 1930 more space was required. Many of these additions were for the theatre and its entrance on the side of the building.  By 1930 the building had the same configuration that it has today.

 

  • On the ground floor are the public Assembly and Sun Rooms and Library as well as a large kitchen. The theatre now has an enlarged foyer with new enlarged doorways at the theatre entrance.  An addition was built at the rear of the stage and a second stairway to the balcony was constructed. Upstairs are two meeting rooms and a kitchenette.

 

  • In fact, the building was so well constructed and located that it was one of the Pelham buildings for which a complete billeting plan were made during World War II.