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Glen Echo Park: Spanish Ballroom c. 1943

 
 
The Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2008
1. The Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom marker
Inscription. Social dancing has been an important attraction at Glen Echo since the 1890's. The Spanish Garden Ballroom, built in 1933 in the Spanish Mission Revival style of architecture, boasted a 7,000 square-foot maple dance floor, colorful columns and red roof tiles. Many famous dance bands of the day performed in the exotic space.
Caption of photo in upper right hand corner of marker
Dancers pack the Ballroom on a warm night in 1943. The picnic grove was a popular place to cool off and socialize during the dance break.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 58.044′ N, 77° 8.317′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glen Echo Park: Protest Years 1960 (here, next to this marker); Glen Echo Park: Aerial View c. 1954 (here, next to this marker); Glen Echo Park: Chautaugua c. 1891 (here, next to this marker); Glen Echo Park c. 1930 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Glen Echo Park Yurts
The Spanish Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2008
2. The Spanish Ballroom
The photographer is standing near the Bumper Car Pavilion.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Clara Barton Trail (about 300 feet away); Trolley Parks In America (about 300 feet away); Glen Echo From Past to Present (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
More about this marker. These pictures were taken with Elite Chrome 200 film and scanned into JPEG files.
 
Regarding Glen Echo Park: Spanish Ballroom c. 1943. The Spanish Ballroom remains an active center for the DC region's dance community. Here are some examples of ongoing dance styles and schedules:



Dance DC
A variety of dance styles on Thursday nights.
http://www.dancedc.com


The Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo Park.
Mostly Contra Dance and Square Dance with some Waltz.
http://www.fridaynightdance.org


The Washington Swing Dance Committee
Swing Dance on Saturday Night
http://wsdc.org


Waltz Time
Mostly Waltzes but with some Tangoes and other styles. 2 Sunday afternoons per month.
http://www.waltztimedances.org


Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Mostly Contra Dance and Square
The Spanish Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2008
3. The Spanish Ballroom
The photographer is standing in the grove of trees near the main entrance.
Dance with some Waltz.
http://www.fsgw.org

 
Categories. Entertainment
 
The Spanish Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2008
4. The Spanish Ballroom
The photographer is standing near the Crystal Pool.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,850 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 25, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.
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