What is the Downtown Harvard Club?
The Downtown Harvard Club is an alumni club which is located on the 38th Floor of One Federal Street in the financial district of Boston. It is a dining and function club which is part of an international and domestic club network of 136 clubs, with access to events, overnight, golf and athletic facilities. The Downtown Club of Boston has approximately 6,000 members and numerous partner schools, including Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Bryant, Bentley, Northeastern and Suffolk Universities. It will serve to enhance the Norwich Alumni Network experience.
Why would Norwich Alumni want to be part of the Harvard Club?
Since the Norwich University Alumni Association established the partnership with the Downtown Harvard Club in October 2010, Norwich alumni have already joined as members. The Club is available for breakfast, lunch, drinks, and dinner every weekday. In addition to the main dining room which offers lunch, there is also a Member’s Pub offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and several function rooms which are available for personal, business, or Norwich related functions. The downtown location offers spectacular views of the Boston Harbor, the State House, and Boston Common.
What type of people join a club like this?
We believe the Downtown Harvard Club will attract more than just Norwich alumni who live in or work in Boston. The Harvard Club network has many members who travel using the reciprocal club system or suburban members who come in to the Club for breakfast, dinner, family events, functions or just to meet up for a casual drink. Membership is open to all Norwich alumni, regardless of their location. Members don’t have to be weekly or even monthly users of the Harvard Club to get good value out of their membership.
But it’s the Harvard Club, not the Norwich Club…won’t Norwich alumni be out of place?
Although there is Harvard memorabilia scattered around the Club, there are no secret passwords or castes among the membership. The Club's crimson décor has a very similar feel to Norwich maroon and gold. Norwich University members aren’t distinguishable from any other members at the Downtown Club. There are numerous alumni from other partner schools as well, including Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Bryant, Bentley, Northeastern and Suffolk Universities. Norwich alumni will have full use of the Downtown Club facilities that will function like any private club – a golf club, yacht club, etc. The Member’s Pub is also a great place to meet up with other Norwich alums to enjoy casual pub fare and drinks.
What is the Reciprocal Club network?
This network involves more than 136 clubs in 27 states and 18 foreign countries. Members have the ability to use each of these clubs as their own when they visit these cities. Many have overnight rooms and fine dining; some have athletic facilities. All are available to Club members with a “card of introduction".
Where are the Reciprocal Clubs?
Examples of domestic clubs in the network include the Army Navy Club in Washington DC, the New York Athletic Club, the Collier Club in Florida, the University Clubs in NYC and Chicago, the Union League in Philadelphia and the Lanam Club in Andover, MA. Examples of international clubs include the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London, the Paris Country Club, the the Der Ubersee Club in Germany, Seoul Club in Korea and the University & Schools Club in Sydney.
How does the Club Quarters Suites affiliation work?
Through the Harvard Club network, Norwich alumni will also have access to overnight facilities at Club Quarters, a collection of 11 private “business” hotels. Club Quarters facilities are located in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, London, and Boston. The Boston Club is on Devonshire Street, next to the Downtown Club. Through the Harvard Club’s affiliation, Downtown Club members can book rooms at Club Quarters at member rates. These rates are very favorable during the week and even better on weekends. More information is available at www.clubquarters.com.
What are the dues?
There is an initial fee of $400 to join as a member. There are two monthly dues options from which to choose. Norwich alumni can select a $79 in monthly dues option, or a second option of $35 per month with a $200 minimum spending, where all food and beverage expenses (except private functions) count toward the minimum. The Partnership School dues are about half of what dues are for full- fledged Harvard Club members who have access to both clubhouses.
Can my family or friends join?
Upon becoming a member, Norwich alumni will be provided with a member ID card with the Norwich University alumni logo. Spouses can use each other’s membership, and members are issued guest cards that allow friends, family members and business associates to use the Club in the member’s absence.
How do I join?
You can go to The Downtown Harvard Club Welcome Webpage and click on the application link.