The Athenaeum was founded in 1797. It was designed as a meeting place where gentlemen could exchange ideas in surroundings that reflected their high status. Just like the Lyceum club, this may well be a reflection of the desire to avoid the rowdy establishments frequented by people involved in the slave trade.
At the heart of the building is its library and reading room. These rooms are frequently used in film and television production. To this day the building still functions as a private member’s club, so it is not accessible to the public except through invited tour.
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