Timeline of Taborian Hall

Timeline of Taborian Hall

♦ Originally named Taborian Temple,  construction began in 1916 and was  completed in 1918.uso

♦ First tenant was African American fraternal insurance organization, the  Knights and Daughters of the Tabor.

♦ Also in 1918, a Negro Soldiers Club opened on the ground floor, providing a recreational center for African American soldiers stationed at Camp Pike.

♦ Taborian Temple housed many  commercial endeavors including professional offices for Dr. J. V. Jordan, dentist,  and Dr. W. B. Black, physician, Gem Pharmacy, Ritz Beer Garden, and Dreamland Grill.

♦ By 1937, the Dreamland Ballroom was firmly established on Taborian’s third floor and was host to the musical greats Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington among others.

♦ During World War II, the United Service Club, USO, bought the building and turned the first to the third floors into a club that served thousands of Black soldiers from Camp Robinson (formerly Camp Pike) and the Stuttgart Air Base.

♦ In 1954, the Temple became known as Taborian Hall, and housed three nightclubs: Twin City Club was in the basement; the Waiters Club was located on the second floor; and the Dreamland Ballroom had morphed into Club Morocco.

♦ By 1970 all of the clubs had closed and the building was abandoned.

♦ In 1991, Kerry McCoy purchased the building to house her business FlagandBanner.com.

♦  In 2009,Friends of Dreamland, a non-profit group, was established to protect and restore the Ballroom.

♦ Today, restoration continues with your generous tax-deductable support!

 

Archive of Dreamland Ballroom Stories, Photos or Videos on the web

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Archives on the web of Dreamland Ballroom: 

Here you will find links to stories, editorials, photos, photographers who have worked in the ballroom, videos taken in Dreamland along with news footage and every link we can find that discusses Dreamland Ballroom. Every one, individual, group, school, organization, business, photographer, bride…whomever you have our deepest gratitude for posting such wonderful things on the internet to show the world about Taborian Hall and her Dreamland Ballroom.

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