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Jacob Mahler built the Mahler Ballroom as his family home and teaching venue to thousands of children and young adults in the first quarter of the 20th century. Restored to its Victorian elegance, St Louis' historic Mahler Ballroom hosts functions of distinction including weddings and receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, corporate events, church services, fashion shows, proms and benefits.
In 1860, Albert Mahler, a European immigrant, opened a dance academy in St. Louis at Third and Pine Streets, a little west of where the Gateway Arch now stands. In 1907 Albert Mahler commissioned famed architect Theodore Link to build a combination ballroom and family home on Washington Boulevard in the city's Central West End. The 16,000 square foot structure cost $55,000, an exorbitant sum at the time. Albert's son, Jacob, took over the business. Every other Friday, Mahler's evening dances, called "Fortnightlies," enlivened the St. Louis scene. When he died in 1928, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that Jacob Mahler and The Magnificent Mahler Ballroom occupied a unique and extraordinary place in the St. Louis community. Since 1928, the Ballroom has played host to government dignitaries, state functions, live plays and movie sets.
In 2004, the Magnificent Mahler Ballroom came under new ownership. The building got a 'total facelift', and once again the Magnificent Mahler Ballroom offers a unique and extraordinary place in the Saint Louis community. Come visit us. Join the hundreds who come annually from around the United States to see our landmark building.