It sounds like something from bygone times, when Boston’s Brahmin elite celebrated their standing from behind the doors of well-appointed members-only digs: A local philanthropist and developer wants to open a private social club called Haddon Hall in Back Bay that would feature gourmet dining, luxury overnight accommodations, and other amenities — including a gym and an outdoor terrace on the 11th floor.
But Sandy Edgerleysaid the establishment she’s planning for the corner of Berkeley Street and Commonwealth Avenue would be markedly different from such venerable enclaves as the Union, Somerset, Algonquin, and St. Botolph clubs. At those highly selective places, if you have to ask how much membership costs, you probably won’t be asked to join.
Edgerley said she envisions a setting where Boston’s old-money types can mix with rising young stars from the region’s tech, life sciences, health care, and arts scenes. It’s about “finding a way to bring [together] some of these creators, and thinkers, and entrepreneurs, and people who are really making a difference in Boston in a big way in their own lane,’’ she said. “It’s a modern take on an old concept of a private club.’’