Update: The ballroom suffered a structural collapse and was demolished in 2014.
The Castle Ballroom, nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, is a little rough around the edges right now, but is still a stable and important building.
One of the few buildings left from the historic Mill Creek neighborhood, the ballroom provided entertainment for around fifty years.
While it’s described as Renaissance Revival in the nomination, I would have to disagree; it is more of a severe example of classical revival architecture, though I see one element, the curved lintel over the first floor door is inspired by the architecture of Michelangelo.
Originally red brick, it was painted the garish yellow sometime later. Though in St. Louis, with its wide variety of colored bricks, it is sometimes hard to tell.
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I wonder why the seller would not pop for a few more pieces of plywood to cover the missing windows and keep out the elements? Could the floor be missing in those areas? It seems there was a story in the P-D in the (relatively) recent past about this place.
I always wonder about this place when the wife and I have passed it on a run. It always seemed like it was interesting enough to bother with saving it. The question is will being on the register actually prevent it's demise?