Balinese Room

Address: 2107 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas. County/parish: Galveston.

NRIS 97000258

1 contributing building.

Removed from the National Register of Historic Places January 08, 2009.

From Wikipedia:

Balinese Room

The Balinese Room was a famous nightclub in Galveston, Texas, United States built on a pier stretching 600 feet (183 m) from the Galveston Seawall over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For decades a dance hall and illegal casino, the Balinese Room was remodeled and reopened in 2001 without the gambling.

Operated by Sicilian immigrant barbers-turned-bootleggers Sam and Rosario Maceo, the Balinese Room was an elite spot in the 1940s and 1950s (Galveston's open era), featuring entertainment by Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, George Burns, The Marx Brothers and other top acts of the day. Patrons of the private club included Howard Hughes, Sophie Tucker and wealthy oil barons from nearby Houston.

In 1997, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, the structure was completely destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

The Balinese is featured in pop culture; Rock group ZZ Top wrote and performed a song about the club called, "Balinese."

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Architects:

  • Rapp and Rapp

Architectural styles:

  • No Style Listed

Significant persons associated with this site:

  • Macaeo, Saltatore, et al.

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/97000258

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