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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 events to remember 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. At the age of 11, Jacob became an instructor in his father's school and eventually took over the business. In 1907, he commissioned William Levy to design 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. 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 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 2018, the Mahler Ballroom was acquired by Karen Halper, founder of Mary Ann’s Tea Room and Enchanting Embellishments, The Mahler Ballroom has been revivified to showcase this architectural landmark. Karen and her team have stayed true to the chic style of the historic Victorian ballroom, while incorporating contemporary amenities, fashioning a premier destination venue and event space.
Featuring modern furnishings, artwork by artists such as Christopher Guy, chandeliers from celebrity-designer Michael Amini and a bar with a cascading waterfall feature. The 3500 sq. ft. ballroom boasts 24 ft. high ceilings and an overlooking wrap around balcony with rococo style moldings.