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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Evolution of Elegance

The Clubhouse

 

—Jekyll Island —

 
Evolution of Elegance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Evolution of Elegance Marker
Inscription. At the heart of any luxury resort or vacation retreat is sumptuous lodging. When the Jekyll Island Club incorporated in 1885, they knew that the success of the Club depended on a splendid but simple elegant Clubhouse. The Dubignon farmhouse would do for the Executive Committee's assessment of the island, but would never be adequate for the 53 members, and their families and guests.

The Executive Committee hired architect Charles Alexander to design the Clubhouse. Alexander designed the Clubhouse in a Queen Anne style that complemented the natural beauty of the island and emphasized the rustic simplicity that the Jekyll Island Club embraced. It was completed for (what was considered) the modest price of $45,000.

The Clubhouse was by no means ostentatious in comparison to the Clubs in the North such as the Union Club. The well-trained staff met every comfort of Club members in the 60 guest rooms, reading room, card room, parlor, or billiard room of the rustic Clubhouse here on Jekyll Island.

The great success of the Club resulted in a need for an expansion to the Clubhouse in 1897. Charles Alling Gifford directed these additions that included enlarging the dining room, billiard wing, barbershop and toilet room, two new stairways, and several extra baths. Gifford supervised this project while
Evolution of Elegance Marker left picture image. Click for full size.
March 18, 2009
2. Evolution of Elegance Marker left picture
constructing Sans Souci across the green.

Horace W.S. Cleveland
Horace W.S. Cleveland knew the attributes of the island upon his arrival to Jekyll Island in 1886 as he began to develop a landscape plan for the Jekyll Island Club. He guided the club into choosing the ideal location for the Clubhouse, and recommended a layout for expansion of the Club, including plots for members to construct cottages.

Cleveland's philosophy of simplicity and appreciation for the natural landscape was clearly visible in his recommendations to the Jekyll Island Club. He suggested having roads flow around established trees, and used plants that were native to the area. Cleveland believed these recommendations would promote a more comfortable and community-oriented setting but would retain the spirit of a wild paradise.
 
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island Inc., Jekyll Island Museum.
 
Location. 31° 3.538′ N, 81° 25.33′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Drive near Pier Rd.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Men of Means (within shouting distance of this marker); Jekyll Island Club Wharf
Evolution of Elegance Marker middle picture image. Click for full size.
3. Evolution of Elegance Marker middle picture
Clubhouse Dining room
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Up In Smoke (about 400 feet away); First Transcontinental Call (about 400 feet away); The Skeet House (about 600 feet away); The Active Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); Taking Care of Family (approx. ¼ mile away); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Also see . . .  The Jekyll Island Club. an exclusive limited membership consisting of many of the world's wealthiest families at the time, most notably the Morgans, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts. The club lasted 54 years, closing at the end of the 1942 season due to complications from World War II. (Submitted on March 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Evolution of Elegance Marker Horace W.S. Cleveland Picture at right image. Click for full size.
4. Evolution of Elegance Marker Horace W.S. Cleveland Picture at right
Evolution of Elegance Marker, at left, with Todays Clubhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
5. Evolution of Elegance Marker, at left, with Todays Clubhouse
The Jekyll Island Club was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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