FORT SNELLING UPPER POST


Officers' Club
Photo by Matt Flueger

Building #395 - Officers' Club

Built in 1934, the club was the exclusive domain of the officers and their wives--no enlisted men were allowed. This was done to further emphasize the distinction between the two classes in the Army. The enlisted men had their own club, although it wasn't as nice as the officers'.

The building is still in service today by the Air Force and is open to the public. It's been heavily modified through the years, but many elements of its original charm is still present.

When it opened in 1934 the club had a sweeping driveway to the main entrance. Officers would bring their dates to the door and then go park the car out back. Today that main entrance has been blocked off from the inside and a stage installed. The main dining hall has also been divided in two and an additional bar added.

Below the back deck is an extensive garden with coy pond that the club's staff maintains. The deck has sweeping views of the Minnesota River valley and it feels secluded despite a major metropolitan highway roaring away on the other side of the building.

On the parking lot side a new main entrance was added. There used to be an additional garden here, but that was paved over to create additional parking spaces. The garden also used to front on the first tee of a nine hole golf course. As of 2010 there's still a golf course on the upper post, but it's behind Officers' Row these days.



Parking lot side
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Parking lot with new main entrance dead ahead
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Service side--originally the main drive
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Original main entrance
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Gardens
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Gardens
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Back deck
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Back deck
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Lighting
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Corner stone
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Inside view of original main entrance
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One of the dining halls
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Bowling alley
Photo from the Officers' Club
Same view, 2010
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Entrance sign
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Main dining hall
Photo from the Officers' Club


Same view, 2010
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Basement bar
Photo from the Officers' Club


Basement bar, 2010
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Basement bar, 2010
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Ladies on porch
Photo from the Officers' Club
Same view, 2010
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