The Edgewood Club 100 Years of Memories - page 7

The Edgewood Club
So it was obvious that any clubhouse site would have to be
central to the community in order to serve its membership. The
51 charter members concocted a plan to purchase a residence
on Maple Avenue and then they adapted it to include bowling
alleys, a billiard room, a card room, a ballroom and a stage.
Twelve years later, with the Club and the borough both
growing, the property was sold to the Borough and was used to
build a high school, on what is now the site of Edgewood
Primary School.
The Edgewood Club was able to move to the corner of West
Swissvale and Pennwood, when the owner offered it at a
reduced rate with the stipulation that it be used both for a
library and a club. Which was how the Edgewood Club and
C.C. Mellor Library came to coexist.
The blurring of public and private was present from the onset
and it continues today. Through the years the community has
used the facility for numerous occasions. And yet, the Club
remains a club. That means swim meets, tennis tournaments,
variety shows and pool parties. Fourth of July cookouts and
Labor Day closeout sales. Guest fees and membership privileges.
The private and public sides of this facility coexist so seamlessly,
it’s as if there are no sides. On a warm summer afternoon,
members can take a book out of the library, walk down a flight
of stairs and read it by the side of their club’s pool without being
cognizant of crossing any public or private lines.
Over the years, debate has persisted among locals as to who
“owns” the building. Officially it is controlled by a Board of
Trustees comprised of two borough officials, four Club
members, two at-large Edgewood residents and the mayor. Of
course, in any given year, most borough officials, including the
mayor, are likely to be Club members as well.
The Edgewood Club circa 1904
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