St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom

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In 1927, on the northeast corner of Cherokee and Iowa Streets in south St. Louis, a multistory, multipurpose building was erected. Retail shops and a bowling alley occupied the first floor, while upstairs was a place that defied the imagination of someone driving by in their brand new Model T Ford. Today, that upstairs space, with its lofty ceiling, huge maple tongue-in-groove dance floor, and wraparound balcony, is the Casa Loma Ballroom—St. Louis' last grand ballroom. Today, one gets the feeling that the ghosts of the big bands and the vocalists still linger there—and with good reason. Just about everybody who was anybody played there at one time or another. Ol' Blue Eyes himself, before he was the idol of millions, received just a meager "Featured Singer, Frank Sinatra" note at the bottom of the Casa Loma bill the night he played with the Harry James Orchestra.
ISBN: 9780738533780
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Missouri
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David A. Lossos, a St. Louis native, is the author of Irish St. Louis, also published by Arcadia. Additionally, he is the webmaster of several local history sites. The book also includes a foreword by St. Louis DJ Ron “Johnny Rabbitt” Elz, who has often worked the Casa Loma.
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