The Lap of Luxury Circa 1880s

Johnstown Flood National Memorial 

It doesn't take a structural engineer to see that, today, the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club needs a lot of work to keep the building preserved. The interior is musty, there are wires visible, many of the rooms, especially on the upper levels, are in an advanced state of disrepair. This is all a stark contrast to the way it probably was in the 1880s.

The South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club was chartered in 1879. The Club was made up of some of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world. The Club provided a retreat from the dirty and polluted air and water of Pittsburgh. 

Imagine what the Clubhouse would have looked like. Imagine the discussions that would have taken place inside those walls. What business dealings, with national implications, took place within the walls? Imagine the gatherings around the stately fireplaces. On the porch, looking across the street today, one sees houses. Imagine sitting on the porch in the 1880s, taking in the breezes off the lake. Just imagine, too, that big expansive lake. 

The South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club certainly is not what it once was, but the experience of being there is like none other. 

Last updated: March 28, 2015