If you wonder how the Dancing Schwartzmans could possibly be connected to a large North American mammal, read on.
For a bit longer than 4 ½ years, I have posted articles and photos about the history of Maplewood on three different websites.
Posting once or twice a month, more here lately, I usually include anywhere from 3 to 10 photos. I’ve not repeated myself much but I’m getting ready to.
It’s not that I’m running out of material on what might seem to some a narrow subject. Far from it. It’s just that there are folks asking me about subjects I’ve already posted. This is the easiest way to answer them. Some of the photos in this post were originally shown on the Facebook page of the City of Maplewood.
According to the research of St. Louis county historian, Esley Hamilton, the building at 3100 Sutton was most likely built in 1917 by Albert Schwartzman and his wife Rosie. They were granted a permit for a building 51 by 80 feet long. It probably cost them in excess of $8,000 to construct.
Early in their occupancy at 3100 Sutton, the industrious couple operated a variety store and had as tenants, a shoe store, a tailor, and a store selling gentleman’s furnishings.
Sometime between 1917 and 1925, the Schwartzman’s added a second floor to their building to be used as a dance hall which was called fittingly, if not creatively, Schwartzman’s Dance Hall.
If the concept of the Schwartzman’s Dance Hall doesn’t make you want to move your bones, apparently it didn’t make many others want to either. On Oct. 1, 1925 the building was sold to Oscar Kasday who turned around and sold it to the Loyal Order of Moose #1086, Maplewood Lodge in July of 1927.