In 1788 Doctrina et Amicitia, a politically prohibited reading company, is formed. Through various developments the current name is born in 1975 from a merger with De Industrieele Club and De Groote Club.
Members view the club as their second home. With classic halls and rich art & culture amidst the warm, familiar and cosy atmosphere. It is the place for meetings, luncheons or relaxing with members from the (inter)national business community. This is our exact objective: we want to stimulate social interaction between kindred spirits. Unite business stakes. And provide and promote shared cultural interests.
In addition to the business & social club for members, rooms are available for private functions, conferences or other business events for third parties. Always perfected to the very last detail. In spectacular spaces en beautiful rooms. And a diversified and surprising menu compiled by our in-house chef Remco Hoffmeister.
Doctrina et Amicitia was founded in 1788. A reading company of which most members were part of a prohibited political movement. Originating from the merchant city of Amsterdam's judiciary, notaries and civil servants, it functioned as a meeting place where revolutionary committees where formed.
In 1872 Sociëteit de Groote Club was founded with the aim to "advance the social interaction between its members in well-furnished chambers". For that purpose a building was erected on the corner of Kalverstraat and Dam Square. In 1922 Doctrina et Amicitia and Sociëteit de Groote Club merged; together they continued under the name 'Sociëteit De Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia'.
During WWII, the building was occupied by German forces and sold to an insurance company called 'De Nederlanden van 1845', with the assurance that the building would be sold back after liberation. Unfortunately this promise was never documented. Eventually the Club ended up renting the building until 1975.
De Groote Club suffered financial hardships and was unable to afford the, at this point, highly increased rent. This led to the abandonment of the building in 1975. A merge that same year with 'De Industrieele Groote Club (IGC)' provided the solution.
The clubs collectively decided to continue together in the chambers of 'de Industrieele Club'.
In April of 1913 it was decided in the house of entrepreneur Mr Goedkoop to found De Industrieele Club, with the objective of establishing a center for the upcoming Dutch industry and trade. The founding members consisted of major industrialists and other entrepreneurs from all over the Netherlands. It was a national society with Amsterdam as its domicile. De Industrieele Club started out in 1913 with 178 members but without an actual building. That changed when, during the period from 1913 to 1916, the 'Industria' building was erected on Dam Square. Designed by architect Foeke Kuipers. The structure was completed on January 8th 1916. That day the building was officially opened by the then Minister of Agriculture, Mr Posthuma. At this point the club counted 300 members, mainly businesses.
Kuipers not only designed the building, he was also responsible for the furnishings. This unity between architecture and interior design makes Industria part of the illustrious list of buildings from the early twentieth century designed as so called "community art" in which art and craftsmanship sustain and enhance the architecture.
The interior as designed by Foeke Kuipers has remained partially intact. Not only the permanent features such as parquet floor, wooden panelling and ceilings but also several lamps and railings crafted from decorative iron, leaded glass panels and furniture are preserved in their original state. Even though each room has its own character, a common thread is clearly visible throughout the rooms as a whole due to the wooden panelling and ceilings with square panels.
Under the name 'Industrieele Groote Club' the social club has continued since 1975. The current member base consists of business members (derived from De Industrieele Club) and private members (derived from De Groote Club 'Doctrina et Amicitia').
The Club is an own world within the city, where members and non-members are able to relax with their guests.
Secretaris, maatschappelijke bijdrage, ledenbehoud, ledenwerving, Tafels
Ledenbehoud, ledenwerving, sociëteit
Penningmeester, erfgoed, Tafels
Our objective is to unite kindred spirits from the (inter)national business community and their corresponding interests. Furthermore the Club organizes a diverse array of activities providing and promoting cultural concerns. This is always done in a casual manner, among members as well as with third parties.
Naturally there are rules. The Club appreciates proper manners with mutual respect and appreciation of one anothers' privacy. The atmosphere is casual and warm but also here certain house rules apply.
For gentlemen business attire (e.g. a suit or sports jacket) is required. For ladies, similarly appropriate, attire is required. Jackets are always worn whilst inside the Club. Leisurewear is not permitted. The dress code may vary during special occasions. Members will be informed of this is in a timely manner.
The use of laptops, iPads and other devices is permitted in the bar and Club lounge until 5pm, provided other guests are not disturbed. The use of mobile phones is permitted only in the hallway. In other areas of the Club, members are kindly requested to either switch off phones or activate the mute function.
Members will ensure the house rules are maintained. Members are permitted to request any breach of the rules to cease immediately. Non-compliance to such requests may result in removal from the premises.
Smoking is permitted only on the balcony
Club members may introduce a maximum of 10 guests per day. Each guest may be introduced up to 3 times per calendar year. Attendance without a member or non-compliance with the regulations will result in refusal of admittance to the Club.
As a part of respecting one and anothers' privacy and that of our speakers, the (written) press will not be admitted to the Club unless permission is specifically granted by the board. The logo and the name of the Club in photos of or made by the Club are property of De Koninklijke IGC and may be used solely for purposes approved by the board. Within the context of this same privacy we request that members refrain from placing messages, including quotes from speakers, on social media.
Persons not accepted as a member will no longer be admitted to the Club and can no longer be introduced as a guest. Those found in the Club without being introduced may be required to leave. He or she will be banned from introduction for the period of one year. The member who introduces guests is responsible for the behaviour of his/her guests in all respects and must see to it that they adhere to the rules. During special events the board may refuse or restrict non-members from all or some club facilities.
When visiting the Club each member is required to sign in by way of scanning the Clubcard. This may be done at the reception desk. The Clubcard can be upgraded on our website or by bankcard or credit card at reception. When using a credit card you will be charged €4, - per transaction.
Guests must always report to reception and are preferably signed into the guestbook by a member. In case a guest requires to order on his or her own account, a guest card can be obtained from reception. This card along with any balance will be valid for one year.
The deadline for reserving tables or signing up for Club events is two days in advance. Please also indicate if you will be dining or introducing guests. They may be added to your personal list. After receipt of payment you will be sent a confirmation by email.
Your current balance can be found on your personal homepage. This balance can be upgraded via iDEAL with your bankcard or by credit card.
If you have signed up for dinner during a Table or Club event, you will receive a payment receipt once you have signed in at reception. You will be asked to show this receipt at your table. Cancelling up to 10 hours in advance will be free of charge. For cancellations between 10 to 3 hours in advance 50% of the reserved amount will be charged. The full amount will be charged for cancellations after 3pm on the day of the event or in the event of no show. Reservations may be cancelled at all times on our website. Members are responsible for the cancellation or no show of their guests.
Membership and subscription are applied per calendar year. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Terminations must occur before November 1st. Subscription invoices must be paid in full by February 1st of the corresponding year.
The Club lounge and bar are opened from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm and on Friday from 10am to 3pm. the Bar and Clubroom are exclusive for members and their guests. The private Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 12pm till 9pm and on Friday from noon till 3pm.Reservations may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020-6242220.Members and their guests are required to conform to standards of dress and conduct which are normal in the Club. Gentleman are required to wear a jacket and tie (optional till 5pm). Ladies are required to dress with similar formality.
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