Best Of 2019

Best Clubhouse Culture: Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs

Since 1925, a Samuel Hannaford-designed house in Walnut Hills has been home to the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, an organization whose founding predates the NAACP and the Urban League. Built in 1888 by the same architect behind Music Hall, the brick mansion features Rookwood tile fireplaces, brass chandeliers, bay windows and white-enameled spindles on a grand staircase. During the mid-20th century, more than a thousand members of the federation filed into the home’s 17 rooms to discuss clothing drives, scholarships and other efforts toward racial progress. Today, that figure has dwindled to approximately 55 ladies, yet needs in the black community persist. Fortunately, those few good women recently have been joined by A Few Good Men to revive both the historic clubhouse and the federation for future generations. At 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, the group of black male buddies gathers at the home for breakfast to raise money for clubhouse repairs, including a hardwood floor and slate roof, and otherwise support the women as they continue their 115-year-old mission of uplifting others. The meals, $15, are open to the public. Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, 1010 Chapel St., Walnut Hills, 888-823-2922.