This private members club (and our namesake!) is a private members’ club for those who have attained distinction in various academic fields. The club dates back to 1824, housed in an enchanting clubhouse built in the Neoclassical style. It was designed by Decimus Burton, one of the most notable English architects of the 19th century, known in particular for Roman revival, Greek revival, Georgian and Regency styles. His architectural design of the Athenaeum Club features a statue of the classical goddess of wisdom, Athena, after whom the club is named.