Our Rich 100+ Year History
One of the first “country clubs” in Portland was The Laurelhurst Club on SE Ankeny Drive, near 39th Avenue, across from Laurelhurst Park. Paul Cole Murphy, developer of the Laurelhurst Addition, felt that there was a need for a neighborhood community center. The Laurelhurst Club was dedicated in 1912 after 32 neighbors each donated $100 to get it started and build a club house.
Within a short time, the Laurelhurst Club became the club that everyone who was anyone in Oregon had to belong to. If you were influential in Portland or Oregon – major politicians, business and social leaders – you had to belong to The Laurelhurst Club.
The walls of the Laurelhurst Club have echoed with some wonderful music and laughter for over 100 years. For several years (1916-1920) the club even had its own orchestra of 20-30 musicians. It was known as Laurelhurst Symphonic Orchestra and was comprised entirely of Laurelhurst Club members.
Over the years, The Laurelhurst Club has been of valuable service to the Laurelhurst Neighborhood and to the Portland community at large. We have sponsored tennis matches on our own courts (unfortunately no longer in existence), held countless concerts and parties, and served as a voting and election house. The Women of Laurelhurst, even used our facility for rolling and packaging bandages for the boys overseas during WWI.
But through it all, our primary focus has been and will always continue to be ballroom dancing. We hold approximately two dances each month to live music. Some of our dances are elegantly formal, while others are comfortably casual. Some of our dances have elaborate themes, food and decorations, while others are fairly simple and relaxed. But no matter what, our dances are always fun and entertaining! We hope you will join us and see for yourself!
The Laurelhurst Club is a non-profit organization with a governing board of seven elected directors and officers who oversee the operations of the club and the care of the property. This non-profit group owns, protects, promotes and administers the historical Laurelhurst Club for the benefit of the membership and the community. The Laurelhurst Club hosts monthly ballroom dances for its members, seasonal community sing-alongs, and events for non-profit, cultural, educational and social organizations. The Club is the regular meeting place for the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association and other community groups. It also rents this historic venue for weddings, fund raisers, meetings, celebrations and memorials to honor life’s milestones. All rental funds are used to promote, protect, maintain and restore this historic property.
We invite you to attend a dance at the Laurelhurst Club and see for yourself what a wonderful, fun, friendly group of people our members are. Guest attendance is by invitation only, so please call our Membership Chairperson, Mary Ann Hubbard, at 503-206-4076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.