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The Abbey

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

For more than a century, The Abbey has been the epicenter of DAC bowling—a community so enduring that it predates the founding of the sport’s governing body. 

More than a bowling center, it is arguably the epicenter of DAC tradition which made this renovation project unsettling to some members. 

Improvements included a full-service kitchen and adjoining dining and bowling areas. 

Upgraded bowling amenities included larger locker rooms and a full-service pro shop. 

With considerable planning, communications and a sensitivity to DAC tradition, this basement bowling space has become an inviting environment, encouraging members and guests to bond through great food and good fun—all in a lively atmosphere.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

started in 2021 as a collaboration between DAC members and Rossetti, a Detroit architectural design firm. Frank Rewold & Sons, which previously renovated the DAC Natatorium as well as other historic properties in Michigan, broke ground with exterior work March 7.

The first phase was an expansion of the Clubhouse’s subterranean footprint to add a full-service kitchen and adjoin the dining and bowling areas in what would become a nearly 11,000-square-foot space. 

The new layout required the addition of more than 600 square feet and relocation of the locker rooms. 

After The Abbey was closed and furnishings removed, contractors dug out the area between the Albert Kahn-designed structure and the adjacent sidewalk.

The work was completed within its seven-month timeline to allow the Club’s annual bowling season to commence on time.

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Connor Coyle

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