The Goodfellowship Club House, a maid's clubhouse, was completed, Pilcher & Tachau, architects. Built with funds raised by the Students' Association from students and alumnae over a number of years, the clubhouse provided the maids with a place for gatherings and classes as well as for recreation and rest. In addition to $10,000 for the construction of the house, students, alumnae and club members eventually raised a $26,000 working endowment for the club.
A pamphlet published by the officers of the club in 1912 explained its purpose and operation: “The Good Fellowship Club is maintained for the use of all girls and women who work in the housekeeping department of Vassar, as well as for those who work in the homes of its teachers and officers.
“The Clubhouse is open every day—morning, afternoon and evening—and you are welcome to use the circulating library, the sewing machine, the laundry, the dining room and kitchen—and rest, work or play as you like. Classes are open to all members, with no charge after the club dues are paid, except for materials used in the cooking, sewing, mending, and fancy-work classes.”
The Steadfast Club (1890-91) was the first club of maids, students and faculty, and the Good Fellowship Club—later, Goodfellowship—for maids and students had been organized in 1902/03. Activities at the clubhouse—classes, dramatic productions, athletic teams and lectures—continued under the oversight of a house manager and a steering committee of faculty, students and alumnae through the 1930s and into the early 1940s.