In 1903, Charles Whittlesey built a home for his family in Albuquerque, modeling it after a Norwegian-style log cabin. It included a huge living room with a gigantic fireplace, a ten-foot wide veranda on three sides, and recessed window seats. The interior space was so large, it would later be able to accommodate parties of up to 175 guests comfortably.
The Whittlesey House was sold in 1920 to Clifford Hall MacCallum, head nurse at the local sanitarium. She remained there forty years, remodeling the interior to create a local showplace and gathering site for artists and writers. In 1960, Whittlesey House was obtained by Lambda Chi Alpha, who used its many apartment-like rooms for fraternity housing. Six years later, John T. Roberson bought the building and leased it out as a home for indigent men.
Then, in 1973, the Albuquerque Press Club (APC) purchased the property. It has served as their private clubhouse ever since. As a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the APC is owned, managed, and supported by members. Only APC members may use the Whittlesey House facilities. Private parties of more than ten people are permitted, although the local Fire Marshall's Office has ordered that no more than 49 people be allowed inside at one time.
The Whittlesey House is located at 201 Highland Park Circle SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. The APC is open from 5pm to midnight on Monday through Thursday, and 5pm till 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.