De Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia
In 1788 Doctrina et Amicitia was formed, a reading companionship with members who were also members of the politcal movement called 'Vaderlandsche Societeit' which earlier that year was banned by the government. Originating from the merchant city of Amsterdams' judiciary, the civil-law notary and the civil service communities. It functioned as a meeting ground where revolutionary committees were formed.
Society club 'de Groote Club' was founded in 1872 with the aim 'to promote pleasant alliances between members in well-designed chambers'. Accordingly, a building was erected on the corner of the Kalverstraat and Dam square. In 1922 Doctrina et Amicitia merged with the Society 'de Groote Club'; they continued together under the name 'Sociëteit De Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia'.
During the Second World War the building was seized by the Germans and sold to an insurance company called 'De Nederlanden van 1845' with the assurance that the Club would be able to buy back their premises after the liberation. Unfortunately, this promise was never documented. 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 merger with the Industrieele Club that same year was a godsend and meant both clubs would unite as one in the property of the Industrieele Club and continue under the name 'Industriele Groote Club' (IGC).
De Industrieele Club
In April 1913, in the house of entrepreneur Mr. Goedkoop, it was decided to establish the Industrieele Club, with the objective of establishing a centre for the emerging Dutch industry and trade. The founding members consisted of major industrialists and other entrepreneurs from all over the Netherlands. It was a national association, with Amsterdam serving as its domicile. The Industrieele Club started in 1913 with 178 members, yet without a property to settle in. This changed when the Industriele Club initiated the construction of the property between 1913-1916 on Dam square called 'Industria'. On the 8th of January 1916, the Club was able to take residence in the property. By then the club counted 300 members, mainly businesses.
The Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club
The Industrieele Groote Club has been operational under this name since 1975 in the 'Industria' property located on the Dam. To this day the club remains operational in this building on the first and second floor. In 2013 the club was awarded with a royal distinction, henceforth continued with the name 'Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club'.
Currently all members consist of company members (stemming from the 'Industrieele Club) and private members (stemming from the 'Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia'). The club is a world of its own located in the city of Amsterdam, where members can relax accompanied by their guests.