Constitutional Club by W. Hatherell. Signed with initials lower left. c. 1890. Source: Club-Land, 49.

“Close by [The National Liberal Club] in Northumberland Avenue stands the Constitutional Club, a handsome building which may be taken as the rival of the National Liberal. Founded in 1883, the club-house as it now stands relieves in a striking manner the architectural monotony of Northumberland Avenue. The use of terra-cotta in the building has had the effect of livening up the whole thoroughfare with a rich warm tone of colour. The main entrance ushers the visitor into a lofty vestibule, from which a few steps lead into the octagonal hall, and thence to the morning and smoking rooms. The grand staircase springs from here to the first floor, where is situated the general coffee-room, 140 feet by 30 feet, and the library. The second floor contains the smoking room, billiard and card rooms, while above are about eighty bedrooms. The architect of the building, which forms one of the handsomest and most luxurious of modern clubs, was Mr. Edis” (48).

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Hatton, Joseph. Clubland London and Provincial. London: J. S. Vertie, 1890. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 29 February 2012.

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