Historic ballroom opens to a new age of dancing queens

First opened in the 1930s, the Silverado Ballroom served as a place for community gatherings, dances and visits from music legends. More than 80 years later, the historic building now welcomes visitors from a new era. In a celebration with City Heights community leaders on Wednesday, Feb. 17, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Marti Emerald officially reopened the Silverado Ballroom Building.

The building renovation project is an important part of preserving the rich culture and history of City Heights. Property owner David Chau invested approximately $160,000 toward the project, which was funded in large part by a $1.38 million City redevelopment loan and $81,000 from the City’s Small Business Revolving Loan Fund.

Work included the rehabilitation of the exterior of the building and the ballroom located on the second floor; tenant improvements on the first floor; installation of an elevator for accessibility for disabled residents; new paving and hardscape; and structural, mechanical and electrical upgrades. The Silverado Ballroom is one of a trio of art deco buildings at the intersection of University and Euclid avenues including the Euclid Tower and the Egyptian Garage.

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