The Scarab Club

The Scarab Club

Founded in 1907, the Scarab Club maintains a dedicated fellowship of artists, educators, students and patrons who uphold its mission to promote the arts. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Scarab Club is the 1928 building created specifically for the arts organization. The building stands as one of the last historic structures on a local and national level that continues to maintain its original purpose to provide for the arts. Designed by architect Lancelot Sukert, the structure stands as one of the great examples of Italian Renissance Revival and Arts and Crafts architecture in the City of Detroit. Home to six working artist’s studios, two galleries, sketch and photography studio, the building functions to motivate artist achievement. One of the great traditions of the Scarab Club is to invite local, national and international artists and art patrons to sign the exposed wood beams within the 2nd floor lounge. The beams pay homage to those individuals, such as Diego Rivera and Norman Rockwell, who have made significant contribution to the greater art community. In addition, several of the beams as well as a fireplace mural were painted by member artists to depict some aspect of the organization's history. The Scarab Club has free admission and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm.

The Scarab Club home

Contact Information


217 Farnsworth

Detroit, MI 48202

Driving Directions

Phone: (313) 831-1250

Fax: (313) 831-6815



Location of The Scarab Club

Map of Michigan