The Army and Navy Club was incorporated in 1885 as the United Service Club, a private club dedicated to "the mutual improvement of its members by the promotion of a more intimate personal acquaintance among those who have served int he military or naval forces of the United States." It met first in three private rooms in a building on G Street, NW and then in 1891 the club was reincorporated as the Army and Navy Club. The same year a permanent clubhouse was erected on the southeast corner of Connecticut and I Streets.
In 1911-1912 the Army and Navy Club moved to a new space to accommodate expanding membership. The new building was erected directly across I Street from the old building. President William A. Taft was guest of honor at colorful ceremonies dedicating the new building on December 6, 1912.
The club was built from designs by Hornblower & Marshall and is representative of the Second Renaissance Revival style. The facade of this building was incorporated into a new building in 1985‑1986.
DC designation: June 27, 1974