William Butler Yeats spoke at, slept at, and visited the National Arts Club a number of times. His father, John Butler Yeats, spoke to its members on at least one occasion and was preparing a talk there when he died.
The National Arts Club is a private club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1898 by Charles DeKay, an art and literary critic of the New York Times, to "stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts."
Located in the Gramercy Park Historic District, the National Arts Club offers a variety of shows, educational programs, and awards in theater, visual arts, film, literature, and music. Its mansion headquarters was designated a New York City landmark in 1966 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Since 1906, the organization has occupied the Samuel J. Tilden House, a landmark Victorian Gothic Revival brownstone at 15 Gramercy Park, next door to the Players Club, founded in 1888 by the famous actor Edwin Booth as an association of artists and art lovers drawn from stage and screen, the visual arts, music, and literature.