Summit Avenue Clubhouse
Situated high on a bluff, with a magnificent view overlooking Downtown Saint Paul and the Mississippi River Valley, the Summit Avenue Clubhouse was designed by architect Allen H. Stem, a prominent and prolific Saint Paul architect. Well known for his railroad building work in partnership with Charles A. Reed, the two architects are perhaps most celebrated nationally for their design of Grand Central Station in New York City, and locally heralded for their work on numerous Summit Avenue homes, and several local landmarks including the Saint Paul Hotel and the Saint Paul Athletic Club, sister property of the University Club. The impressive Summit Avenue Tudor clubhouse they designed was constructed in 1913.
The University Club's inviting and comfortable interior design is characterized by many original details. The expansive Fireside Room, adjacent to the Member Bar, is reminiscent of similar member lounges in the great early twentieth-century American and London city clubs. The Summit Room, now used for special member events and private party rentals, was once the Club's main dining room and still features its original paneling and sculpted plaster ceiling. The spectacular Tudor style plasterwork ceiling was designed by the well-known local firm of Minuti and Brioschi, which also designed the plaster ceilings of the Saint Paul Athletic Club’s lobby and ballroom, the Walter Library at the University of Minnesota and many State Capitol interiors.
Adjacent to the Club’s lobby and Summit Room is the Terrace, originally an open-air space that was enclosed in the 1960s to allow for year-round use. The Terrace overlooks the Club's outdoor, two-tier dining deck and backyard, and through its large south-facing windows lies a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley. The main member dining room, the Ramsey Room, claims the best views from the clubhouse - a spectacular, unobstructed view of the downtown Saint Paul skyline and miles of the Mississippi River Valley.
The University Club’s fitness center also has the same view as the Ramsey Room. It features state-of-the-art cardio and exercise equipment and was fully renovated in 2015.
Although tenants occupy the majority of the building's second, third, and fourth floor offices and residential suites, the second floor Library and Overlook Room have been retained and are still used as elegant private meeting and dining spaces.
The Club’s two and a half acres of grounds include gardens and green spaces, an outdoor pool, clay tennis court and a children’s play area.