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Grand Ballroom (Cinderella Ballroom)

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Address

6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Architect

Loewenburg & Loewenburg, 1923

Description

Woodlawn was a major entertainment destination during the Jazz Age—the heyday of this stunning building. Its elaborately-detailed terra-cotta facade encloses shops on the ground level with a ballroom above. The ballroom includes an original 60-foot oak bar and a 6,500-square-foot dance floor illuminated by graceful arched windows. The interior is elegant, with whimsical touches befitting its original name, the Cinderella Ballroom (it was also known as the Granada for a time, after the original Granada burned down in 1930). The slipper and the pumpkin are featured motifs in the floor, light fixtures and elsewhere. The stage is a dramatic scalloped shell reminiscent of the inside of Cinderella's fairytale carriage. It has been graced by many notable musicians over the years. After a recent brush with demolition, today the Grand Ballroom has been fully restored as a venue for dance and music.