Garret Club History

A small group of women came together for the first general meeting of The Garret Club in March of 1902.  As membership grew, the Club moved several times in the ensuing years, each move a step toward the construction of the current building at 91 Cleveland Avenue.  Designed by the architect E.B. Green, the corner stone was laid December 1929.  Recently, The Garret Club was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Through those early years, there were many plays, ensemble recitals and often well-known performers in the world of classical music.  Katharine Cornell joined in 1913 and was an active member and participated in the Club theatricals.  'The Show', an annual original production, was often the high point of the Club's entertainment.

As the Club has grown responsibilities for its care and member entertainment and varied interests has evolved.  Through broadening interests of membership, the Club now offers education seminars, lectures of local, national and global interest, trips to places of interest in Western New York, investment club and a very active art committee and many fine artists in our midst.

A large, gracious building, the Garret Club is situated in an historic residential neighborhood near downtown Buffalo.  The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Burchfield Penney Art Center, The History Museum and the State University College at Buffalo are nearby.  Elmwood Avenue, also known as "Elmwood Village" is noted for its restaurants, art galleries and markets is just a block away.  The Club is a few minutes from the Peace Bridge to Canada.