Two venerable New Haven social clubs merging

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The Graduate Club at 155 Elm St.

Two of downtown New Haven's oldest private social clubs – The Graduate Club and The Quinnipiack Club – are merging to boost membership services and shave overhead, authorities say.

Both pair's clubhouses – Graduate's at 155 Elm St and Quinnipiack's at 221 Church St. – will continue to operate with their banners but under a single management structure, officials said Wednesday.

The merger, they said, will offer their more than 500 combined members expanded and enhanced services and amenities including access to over 300 reciprocal clubs worldwide, golf, tennis and beach facilities, and new social and entertainment offerings year-round.

The Graduate Club – unaffiliated with nearby Yale University -- was founded in 1892 as a social club for college and university graduates who were living in New Haven. The current clubhouse opened in 1901.

The Quinnipiack Club was founded in 1871 as the "Ours Club" by 20 young New Haven businessmen. Among its most notable members was U.S. President William H. Taft.

Its five-story Church Street clubhouse opened in 1931.

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