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Anybody got any info on the westside ballroom carcass ? There was a feeble rehab attempt a few years back, but the interiors are still completely blown out. First floor retail like the other major ballrooms.

Grand River/Fenkell [ooops – thats livernois and fenkell]

dfunkadds: Leo B. and SNWEB add some data, but Leo found the lowdown:

That’s the Campus Ballroom !
A.K.A Ernie D’s Campus Ballroom.
So named for the University District.
“Frantic” Ernie Durham was a Detroit Radio Legend (WJLB)who also hosted record hops and leased the ballroom for event purposes.
I do know that Parliament/Funkadelic played there in March of 1970. P-Funk also was connected with Tera Shirma Studios just around the Corner from the Campus on Livernois.

Yeah Leo, I am pretty sure that Tera Shirma is/was on the same stretch as the roadside sculptures seen in the “Freaky Kids” post.

6 Responses to Ballroom Carcass

  • Got It.

    That’s the Campus Ballroom !
    A.K.A Ernie D’s Campus Ballroom.
    So named for the University District.
    “Frantic” Ernie Durham was a Detroit Radio Legend (WJLB)who also hosted record hops and leased the ballroom for event purposes.
    I do know that Parliament/Funkadelic played there in March of 1970. P-Funk also was connected with Tera Shirma Studios just around the Corner from the Campus on Livernois.

  • Funkster – That ballroom was built after 1926. It doesn’t show up on the ’26 fire map, but does on the 1950 revision. I would guess probably around 27-28 it popped up.

  • Oh hey Leo !

    It makes up the corner block of Fenkell and….. yknow I was thinking Grand River, but I think its actually Fenkell and Livernois, a block south of M10. Petosky is the street which that entryway faces.

  • Cool…

    This one is not on my master list of Detroit Ballrooms.
    Where exactly is it ? Is that 18301 Fenkell in the pic?

    Leo

  • Campus Ballroom, last known as Ernie L’s ballroom as an old ad shows on a wall of the building.

    That be all I know

  • yunno, ive been by there recently, but i dont htin ki noticed this place.

    it was at night, i guess…