Club (view 1 of 3), located at the southwest corner of Jefferson
Avenue and Walnut Street, facing Walnut Street. This black and white
photograph is apparently the oldest since the front porch does not
extend beyond the front of the house as it does in the second
and third views. The third view,
which faces the building almost head-on is the newest view, since
it shows the building painted in a buff and bright orange trim.
The Springfield Club was organized in 1901. It was originally a
social organization but soon became a booster for the city of Springfield.
Perhaps the Club's greatest achievement was being instrumental in
bringing what is now Southwest Missouri State University to Springfield.
It also conducted the campaign to bring the
Frisco Shops, the Missouri Pythian Home and the Oberman Manufacturing
Company to Springfield.
The Springfield Club originally had 100 members, which grew to 150
over the years. The club served luncheons to its members on business
days and held dances on the second floor. The club maintained a
library, reading room and gymnasium. Dues were originally $25 per
year with an admission fee of $100. Charles McCann was the first
president of the club.
In 1919 the Springfield Chamber of Commerce was created. It was
a merger of the Springfield Club, the Young Men's Business Club
and three other clubs. The Chamber leased the building from the
Springfield Club for three years. Dan M. Nee was elected first president
of the Chamber of Commerce.
The building was later used for offices and as a radio broadcasting