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The Hermit Club – One of the Best Kept Secrets Downtown

One fine day a few weeks ago a business contact of mine invited me to a cocktail party at… the Hermit Club. I had to ask again, where? Yes, at the Hermit Club. Tucked away behind the Playhouse Square, this is an amazing gem of our downtown.

Founded in 1904 by legendary Cleveland architect Frank B. Meade, The Hermit Club is the nation’s oldest continuously operating private club devoted to the performing arts. In addition to their “day jobs”, many of the club’s members are accomplished amateur or semi-professional musicians, actors and actresses, singers, playwrights, comedians and more. Others – like me – lacking any talent whatsoever, are quite happy to watch or hear the members’ performances.

Standing groups within The Hermit Club include: a 25-piece orchestra, a 19-piece jazz band, a three-piece jazz bank, men’s and mixed choruses, a drama troupe and a chamber music group.

The Jacobean revival-style Abbey on Dodge Court, home to The Hermit Club since 1928 and designated as a historic landmark in 1976, is also a perfect location for events ranging from a small business breakfast meeting to a sit-down event for 175.

Since I’m not a golfer, buying a country club membership really never made sense for me. That’s why I was so delighted to learn about The Hermit Club. The atmosphere of the building, the art inside, the members’ stories are all incredibly inspiring. So… in the spirit of a City Advocate (and – a little selfishly – serving my business goals), I’m ready to invest in The Hermit Club’s membership and bring my business and social contacts out to our downtown more frequently!

You too can find The Hermit Club at 1629 Dodge Court in Cleveland or visit www.

This post was written by a DCA City Advocate. To learn more about the City Advocate Program, please click here.

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