St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom, Missouri (Images of America Series)

St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom, Missouri (Images of America Series)

by David A. Lossos
     
 

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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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738533780
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/13/2005
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,167,557
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author


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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