St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom
Images of America
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 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.