Arch Social Club

The Arch Social Club at Pennsylvania and North Avenues started its life as the Schanze Theater, a movie house constructed in 1912. After serving time as a restaurant in the 1940s through the 1960s (when the lower facade was covered over), the club bought the building in 1972.

Originally located on Arch Street, the club was part of the Victorian-era Reformist Movement that promoted working class men to better themselves through lectures and cerebral recreational pursuits. In this era (1912 specifically), a group of African American Baltimore men founded the Arch Social Club to promote charity, friendship and brotherly love. As many Reformist Clubs did, the Arch Social Club grew and evolved into a public house and event hall, uses that continue to this day.

In 2013, the club brought back the building's historic façade. The newly restored facade more than sparkles at this key intersection in West Baltimore and stands as a bright reminder of the area’s great heritage and promising future.

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Arch Social Club (2013)

Arch Social Club (2013)

View of the front facade of the Arch Social Club after renovation. | Source: David H. Gleason Associates, Inc. | Creator: Tracey Brown View File Details Page

Arch Social Club before Renovation (c. 2013)

Arch Social Club before Renovation (c. 2013)

View of the front facade of the Arch Social Club before renovation. | Source: David H. Gleason Associates, Inc. View File Details Page

Street Address:

2426 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 [map]

Official Website:

Arch Social Club

Cite this Page:

Johns Hopkins, “Arch Social Club,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed June 26, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/331.
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