The organization got its start in 1853 as the Cincinnati Gymnasium and Athletic Club. It was founded by some of the elite members of society including Rutherford B. Hayes who would late go on to become President of the United States. Hayes was not the only U.S. President to be a member of the club – there was also James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and William Howard Taft.
The club’s facility at Shillito Place was built in 1903. It is a Second Renassaince building designed by Warner and Atkins. At the time it was built it was considered one of the country’s best athletic facilities second only to the gymnasium at Columbia University in New York. The Cincinnati Athletic Club is still active and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cincinnati Athletic Club
111 Shillito Place, Cincinnati