Blueprint of TCC clubhouse elevation :: University at Buffalo


Blueprint of TCC clubhouse elevation :: University at Buffalo.

“The Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, one of the first private clubs for women in the United States, was founded in 1894 “to advance the interests of education, literature and art.” Charlotte Mulligan, a teacher, writer, and musician from a well-to-do family was the driving force behind its creation. She envisioned a club rich in tradition, education, and culture, and the elegant Green & Wicks-designed Clubhouse, with characteristic symmetry and balance, is a testament to that vision. It is the oldest women’s clubhouse in the country and on the National Register of Historic Places.”


About Stories, Old & New

My background is in Public Relations with a B.S. from Syracuse University. I would like to publish "Rabbitwild - A Shelter in the Wilderness", written by my Great Grandfather, William S. Wicks, a gifted early American Architect and Naturalist. Wicks, a member of the first group to purchase 100,000 acres of Adirondack Wilderness with the idea that it should remain a "forever wild" preserve, in fact designed and built "Rabbitwild" within the Adirondack League Club. And so, this blog isn't about me at all, but about remembering Wicks, his legacy, love and loyalty to natural design. By happenstance, he created the same appreciation in me for all that is beautiful, by nature.

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  1. I was so intrigued to find this Blog. I was not aware that Green & Wicks were the architects of “The Twentieth Century Club” in Buffalo. Somehow, it seems right that the firm had been chosen, as Wicks, I believe embraced all that the club stood for at this critical time in history.

    In fact, Wicks provided the means for his daughter Ruth (my grandmother) to obtain a Bachelors Degree in hortculture from Smith College, supported her in competitive tennis, followed by a year long world tour. When she was just a girl of 12 years old in 1896, he wrote a book for her called “Rabbitwild” – a cabin that was built and lost to fire at the Adirondack League Club.

    Wicksd died two years after leaving the firm. He left my grandmother 30 acres in Barneveld that consisted of a working farm, a trout fish hatchery, spring fed, hand dug, big and small drumlins, a lodge and a cottage. Ruth was custodian of the property and freely opened the grounds to the public for Sunday picnics … somehow, she managed to hold on to all of the property through the Depression.

    I hope to publish “Rabbitwild” in the near future.


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