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Grande Ballroom 2.0 Pronounced Viable

  In October of 2018 the Friends of the Grande performed a structural inspection of all three floors of the Grande Ballroom building. Undertaken with the cooperation of the current owners Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church, professional services were paid … Continue reading

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Grande Column Corbels Repatriated

“Repatriation is the process of returning an asset, an item of symbolic value or a person – voluntarily or forcibly – to its owner or their place of origin or citizenship.” When it opened in 1928 the Grande Ballroom dance floor … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

On December 10,2018, The Grande Ballroom was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally proposed in 2008, the nomination gained steam with the approval of the current owners, Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 2016.  With this … Continue reading

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The Grande Ballroom Mural

The week of October 21, 2018 saw new activity at the Grande Ballroom. Onlookers would have seen the application of a new coat of paint to the building…. This was the beginning of the new community art project underwritten by … Continue reading

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The Grande Ballroom heads to D.C. and the National Register of Historic Places

The nomination of the Grande Ballroom to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) has been sent off to the National Parks Service in Washington, D.C. for final review and certification. Thursday September 13th the City of Detroit Historic District … Continue reading

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The Grande Ballroom – National Register of Historic Places – Final Phase

We received letters this week confirming the nomination review of the Grande Ballroom to the National Register of Historic Places in Washington D.C. ! “This  project is in its final phase which consists of gathering input, from the public and … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom opens October 27,1928!

“A Most Beautiful Dance Place” In researching the book The Grande Ballroom – Detroit’s Rock n’ Roll Palace I was only able to speculate, not confirm the official opening date of the Grande Ballroom operation. Thanks to research performed for … Continue reading

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Bluesbreaker (Grande book excerpt)

Bluesbreaker The “Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall, and his Bluesbreakers had been booked for a three-day run at the Grande starting on October 11, 1968. Mayall had been mentor and bandleader to a number of young British guitar upstarts. … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Aerial Survey 2017

It was a bright sunny morning in Detroit to go flying! Thanks to our generous GoFundMe donors The Friends of the Grande were able to engage our professionals for the first phase of the Grande Ballroom analysis and inspection, the … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Analysis / Fund Kicks Off!

The Friends of the Grande are very pleased to announce the first crowdfunding campaign for the Grande Ballroom. This initiative will fund a due diligence inspection and initial building safety projects that will benefit the building and its owners Chapel … Continue reading

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