not all those who wander are lost


This post is for Steve if hes out there this morning….

This is the stage of legend and local mythology – bands like the mighty MC5, The Stooges, The Frost, Bob Seger and the Herd, Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck, The Pink Floyd, The Who, The Cream – they all played right here on this tiny stage.

Charles Agree architect, 1928. The former Grande Ballroom – this dance hall once proudly touted the largest floating hardwood dancefloor in the midwest. Now its fate is unknown – a local church company recently purchased the land, but due to its neglected condition restoration is almost unimaginable.

An historic shot showing the street level shops

This is the gooey remains of the first floor which used to be a street level collection of shops.

The famous plaster ceiling rosette

One of the few remaining gryphons not stolen by architectural miners.

For more info about the Grandes history, check out the official website

5 Responses to Grande Ballroom

  • This is a shame on our city having to look at it fall to pieces like that, what a gem it would be if kept alive.

  • I recently made a 300 mile trip to hopefully get a final look inside. But, since it’s recent purchase by the church, it appears to have been sealed pretty thoroughly; at least, the ground floor is.
    Sadly, it sounds as though it’s destruction now is inevitable. Would anyone out there happen to know more about that situation, the date, ect…?
    Also, if a loose board happens to appear, or another opening, could someone please leave a post?!
    Thank you!

  • My parents danced at that ballroom, and I was there as part of Trans-Love in ’67. Real shame it’s gone.

  • Wow… I would love to get inside this place sometime. I’d give anything to have been able to see it in its prime. I was born in the wrong decade….

  • Wow- it’s too bad nobody got to this place sooner. It would have been a great venue to keep alive.