The Campus Club, which began as the Faculty Club at the University of Minnesota, was founded in 1911, when it rented a frame house (Northrop House on Church Street), from the Board of Regents. You can see a photo by Room 403.
When Northrop House was torn down to make room for new construction, the Club moved to Nicholson Hall.
In 1940 the Club became an integral part of the newly constructed Coffman Memorial Union, occupying the top three floors. In 1956 the Club greatly enlarged the dining space available on the fourth floor by adding rooms on top of the east and west wings (creating an impressive view to the west, across the Mississippi River, of downtown Minneapolis), and by remodeling the terrace. The floor plan remained unchanged during the partial renovation of Coffman in 1977.
In November 1999 the Club vacated its premises as Coffman Union prepared for a complete renovation. Officers of the Club worked closely with the architects to design an improved facility on the fourth floor, which expanded the Terrace and added a new room (The Bar) on the south side of the building facing the Mississippi. The Club re-opened on January 21, 2003.
In 2011, the Club celebrated its Centennial, with a variety of activities. At the first of many parties, John Adams, Professor Emeritus and Campus Club Board member, gave an insightful and entertaining presentation. Click here for a copy.
The Campus Club is a non-profit membership organization, open only to members and their guests. Most members are faculty, staff, and departments, although any person or entity connected to the University is eligible for membership, which is affordable. We welcome your interest and application. Test memberships allow you to see if the Club can be a part of your unique University community.
To learn about membership details click here. You may also call Phil Platt, Marketing and Membership Director at 612-624-1442. He'll be glad to answer your questions.