University Club - Now and Then

The University Club was a gothic building on Jefferson avenue that was once a gathering place for wealthy, educated men. After the club went bankrupt in 1992, the building was used by the YWCA until they moved out in 2008.

From 2008 to 2009 The University Club was in fairly good condition, though vacant, and it was hoped that a new tenant would keep the building going. Unfortunately, the building found no new owner before the scrappers and then the homeless moved in. Scarcely a few months after the first pictures were taken in December of 2009, The University Club was being systematically ransacked.

In March of 2010 the building was purchased by local party store owner Albert Ammori, who wanted to demolish the building. Over the next year and a half preservationists sought to have the Club designated a historic landmark, which would prevent it from being demolished. A temporary injunction was granted in October of 2010, but not before Ammori heavily damaged the roof of the building with heavy equipment. Decay quickly set in, accelerated by scrappers peeling off large sections of the ornate wood panels.

In September of 2011, the city declined to grant the building historic designation, clearing the way for Ammori to demolish it and put up another liquor store. The amount of time between the first pictures and the most recent ones is just under two years.

The club was demolished in 2013.