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The Rittenhouse Club was founded in 1875 by a group of distinguished Philadelphians as the “Social Art Club.” William Pepper Its main co-founders, Dr. William Pepper Jr. (provost of the University of Pennsylvania) and S. Weir Mitchell (prominent physician and novelist) aimed to create a Club that allowed businessmen, intellectuals, Silas Weir Mitchelland artists to socialize in a congenial, friendly atmosphere. Over the years, the Rittenhouse Club -- renamed after its move from Chestnut Street to the north side of Rittenhouse Square -- was a prominent fixture in the social and cultural life of the city of Philadelphia. Prominent members have included Senator George Wharton Pepper, architect Frank Furness, novelist Owen Wister, and Philadelphia Museum of Art director R. Sturgis Ingersoll. Membership has also included faculty and trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, after over a decade of meeting in the suburbs, the Club returned to its vibrant namesake neighborhood.