||The first club house of the United Service Club, paradigm of the Junior United Service Club, was housed on the corner of Charles Street (later Charles II Street) and Regent Street, St. James Square, London. By 1825, however, the club had outgrown this location and members sought a new site. After George IV authorized the demolition of Carlton House, a new site became available for lease in 1825. On this land, the club houses of the new United Service Club and the Athenaeum were constructed. John Nash was appointed as architect for the United Service Club's building. The edifice opened in 1828 and included a map room, card room, smoking room, dining room, library, reading room and billiard room. The United Service Club counted senior military officers of the army and navy among its members (i.e. those of the rank of Major/Commander and above).
The Junior United Service Club purchased 'the Senior's' former clubhouse in 1827, the year of its founding. The Junior United Service Club included members from the army, navy, marines and Indian Army. The club was intended to be slightly more inclusive than the highly selective, and purportedly expensive, senior club. Despite this fact, letters to the Editor of the Oriental Herald appeared in 1828 complaining of membership rejection and blackballing.
Regardless, both clubs were apparently extremely popular, as an 1829 letter to the editor of the 'United Service Journal: and Naval and Military Magazine,' called for the formation of a third club, due to long membership waitlists, writing:
'The utility of Club-houses to the United Services it is not necessary to expatiate on. There are now on the lists for admission, five hundred candidates for the Senior, and two hundred for the Junior Club House, and it will be many years before there will be sufficient vacancies to admit these numbers.
'It is the opinion of many officers that a third Club might be established which would tend much to the respectability and comfort of the services, as, if formed on the plan of the parent Club, the hundreds now waiting for admission would be desirous of becoming members of it. I imagine such an undertaking would be warmly entered into, if due publicity was given to it.'
The journal's editor notes that, in fact, 1279 candidates were on the waiting list for the Senior and 260 for the Junior. In spite of this early popularity, like many other gentlemen's clubs of the nineteenth century, the Junior United Service Club is no longer extant.
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