Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Evolution of Elegance
The Executive Committee hired architect Charles Alexander to design the Clubhouse. He designed the building 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.
At the heart of any Luxury resort or vacation retreat is sumptuous lodging. When the Club incorporated in 1885, they knew that the success of the Club depended on a splendid but simply 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, their families, and guests.
The Jekyll Island Clubhouse was the final project for Chicago architect Charles Alexander. It was declared "a model of comfort and elegance." On April 14, 1889, the New York Times reported, "All have expressed themselves delighted with the island and clubhouse, and well they may, for it has not its equal North or South."
There is no attempt at display or fashion. Its comfortable clubhouse, charming winter
—NY Times, Sept 9,1889
Did you know? In November 1910, draft legislation to create the U.S. Federal Reserve was written at the Clubhouse.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 31° 3.516′ N, 81° 25.327′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Pier Road and Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling west on Pier Road. Marker is located on the grounds directly in front of the Jekyll Island Clubhouse, at the southwest corner of the bowling green. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evolution of Elegance (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairbank Cottage Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sans Souci (within shouting distance of this marker); Men of Means (within shouting distance of this marker); First Transcontinental Call (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jekyll Island Club WharfSans Souci Boiler House (about 400 feet away); Arriving on This Island (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding The Clubhouse. The Jekyll Island Clubhouse is the centerpiece of the Jekyll Island Historic District.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Historic District
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