OPEN* Business Spotlight: The Engineers Club of Dayton

Mike Colvin Downtown Event

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

The Engineers Club of Dayton, located in the heart of downtown, is an organization where professionals connect, have meetings, events, and dine in our dining room with coworkers, or guests. We are open Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Our breakfast menu includes chef’s specials as well as traditional dishes, while our lunch menu offers homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. To support Miami Valley businesses, we offer locally grown produce, coffee from a small local roaster, free range poultry from an area farm, and fresh baked breads from DLM.


How long have you been in operation? What’s some of the history of the club?

The Engineers Club of Dayton was founded by Colonel Edward A. Deeds and Charles F. Kettering in 1914. The club’s building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the history of the club involves notable Daytonians and historical figures such as Orville Wright. Members cited the status of Dayton as one of the leading industrial cities in the country in support of their formation of the club. On April 15, 1914, the charter members signed the articles of incorporation of the Engineers Club of Dayton. Deeds was elected the club’s first president (1914–1915).

Through a connection of Kettering, the club was originally permitted to meet at a property owned by Delco Electronics located on the corner of Second and Madison streets in Dayton. As membership grew, the need for a new, permanent location became evident and a building committee, funded by Deeds and Kettering, planned the construction of the present location of the club on Monument Avenue. On February 2, 1918, the club’s new home was dedicated in front of more than 300 members and guests. Commemorating the occasion, Orville Wright gave a rare public speech. He emphasized the responsibility of the membership, both present and future.  The first woman full member of the club was M. Elsa Gardner. On October 17, 2007, the Engineers Club of Dayton was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


What do you enjoy about working in downtown Dayton?

I enjoy the atmosphere and sitting outside by RiverScape during lunch. I also enjoy being able to walk everywhere and the city lifestyle.


Tell us something about your business that may surprise people to learn.

Most people are surprised to learn you don’t have to be an engineer to use the facility. It’s an organization for any type of business professional. We have attorneys, doctors, firefighters, EMTs, government officials, City and County employees, WPAFB, defense, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, engineers, architects, business owners, managers, human resource managers, consultants, realtors, developers, builders, and other professionals.


How is your business coping with the pandemic and how can people support you now?

We’re excited to announce that The Engineers Club of Dayton re-opened March 1, 2021, offering breakfast and lunch to members and nonmembers!


The Engineers Club of Dayton

110 E. Monument Ave.

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