The Dayton Woman’s Club was founded in 1916 and has been serving the community for over 90 years. The traditions and heritage of our “founding mothers” have been passed down to today’s energetic and enthusiastic women and men. 

May 1917

May 1917

May 1917

In the late 1840’s Robert W. Steele, for whom Dayton’s first high school was named, built a home at 225 North Ludlow Street. Napoleon Bonaparte Darst purchased the house in the 1860’s and began extensive renovation and enrichment, thus changing the Classic Revival style of Mr. Steele’s home to the Second Empire style.

In 1916 a group of civic-minded women met to plan the establishment of an organization to provide women of the area with a center for social, civic and literary activities.

September 1920

September 1920

To finance its purchase, the founders sold stock at ten dollars per share. Mrs. Charles H. Kumler, president of the Dayton Federation of Women’s Clubs, later the first president of The DWC, headed a stock-selling drive among the members of The Federation.

On November 1, 1916, The Woman’s Clubhouse Company of Dayton, OH --The Dayton Woman’s Club -- was incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio.

Goals & Purpose
The goals of The Dayton Woman’s Club are:

  • To preserve and maintain the historic home at 225 N. Ludlow Street in Dayton, Ohio

  • To provide a gracious setting for The Club’s members and guests for social events and business meetings

  • To present programs for personal, social, professional and philanthropic growth of members and guests

We thank you for the opportunity to serve your social, conference and banquet needs. The DWC is a private club serving its members and their guests. Our professional staff is at your service.

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