Club buildings are peculiar unto themselves, inasmuch as they may partake of the features or functions of several different classes of buildings, each case depending entirely on what interest in common brought the members together and made possible the building of a club. For instance, there are country clubs, city clubs, athletic clubs; and the plumbing installations in these three classes of buildings will differ from one another, at the same time having some features in common.
Country clubs are usually intended as places to spend the day, but seldom are they designed with the view of accommodating members over night. On this account there are no sleeping rooms or bath rooms outside of those required for the accommodation of the employees of the club. Meals are always served at country-club buildings, so that a fully equipped kitchen and a well-appointed laundry are necessary for the proper fulfilment of this function. Toilet accommodations must be provided for the members, and as women are usually welcome when accompanied by male escorts, separate toilet accommodations must be provided for the women guests of the club. Golf, tennis, bowling and other games are usually features of outdoor life, and in order to remove the grime and perspiration resulting from such pursuits refreshing shower baths should be provided. For the accommodation of the women guests, separate showers should likewise be provided, as well as a bath tub for those who object to the shower or would prefer a tubbing.
In cases where country clubs are built remote from a city, and accommodations are provided for lodging the members, bathing facilities ought to be provided in connection with each room, the same as in first-class hotel buildings.
Country clubs are generally situated remote from public sewers and water supplies, so that means must be provided to secure a plentiful and wholesome supply of water and dispose of the resulting sewage.
City clubs - that is, the various social clubs established in cities - partake very closely of the nature of hotel buildings, in which members of the club, only, are extended the privileges of the house. Indeed, a fully equipped city club could easily be converted into a hotel by changing some of the private dining rooms into sleeping apartments.
A well-appointed club building has toilet rooms on the various public floors, the same as in hotel buildings. It must have a fully equipped kitchen, a well-equipped laundry, toilet accommodations for the servants, barber shop, and bath rooms adjoining the sleeping rooms on dormitory floors. Here the necessity for bath rooms in connection with sleeping rooms is almost imperative. Members who can afford to live at a first-class club can well afford the extra cost of a bath room, and as the club is the member's home his own private apartment absolutely needs a toilet room.
In addition to the other sanitary features of a club building a Turkish bath will always prove desirable to the members, besides being a source of revenue to the management.