Westside gem Galvan Ballroom designated historical marker – Corpus Christi Caller-Instances


Inbuilt 1949, the Galvan Ballroom offered a spot for black and Hispanic musicians to carry out within the mid-20th century. It's nonetheless booked each weekend and obtained a Texas Historical Fee Marker on June 2, 2017. Julie Garcia/Caller-Instances

The Galvan Ballroom's location is as a lot part of its historical past because the musical acts which have performed there up to now 70 years.

"After they first constructed the constructing, all people talked about that maybe (it must be) one other location," mentioned Bobby Galvan Sr., son of Rafael Galvan and the ballroom proprietor. "My dad mentioned, "No, we'll keep within the neighborhood."

On the nook of Agnes Avenue and Crosstown Expressway, the ballroom is a gem in Corpus Christi's Westside.

On Friday, the constructing's years of dances, commencement events, weddings, quinceañeras and conferences was commemorated with a Texas Historical Fee marker and registered landmark designation.

"The primary cause we stayed right here was due to (my father, Rafael)," Galvan Sr. mentioned. "The neighborhood can be a very peaceable and fantastic place. We're glad to be right here."

Inbuilt 1949 for $150,000, the ballroom was designed with the traits of a streamlined fashionable constructing with glass brick, rounded edges and straight strains. The 94th District Courtroom Decide Bobby Galvan Jr. mentioned it was thought-about a futuristic structure design within the 1940s.

"It opened as much as the Dorsey Band (Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra), and for those who look within the Encyclopedia Britannica, you will notice Tommy Dorsey taking part in his horn on the Galvan Ballroom stage," Galvan Jr. mentioned. "We're actual pleased with that. All of the greats performed right here."

In keeping with the historical marker, the ballroom helped bridge the hole between Mexican and American jazz bands and helped deliver into the highlight gifted Hispanic musicians who could not have had entry to fashionable jazz golf equipment on the time.

Rafael Galvan's concept for constructing it was not for touring musicians coming via Corpus Christi, like Duke Ellington, Depend Basie, and Dorsey, however as a spot for his son, Ralph Galvan Sr., to play together with his orchestra.

Bobby Galvan Sr. and his brother, Eddie Galvan, additionally performed on the venue for a few years. Eddie Galvan co-based the Texas Jazz Society and Texas Jazz Pageant within the early 1960s.

"What an awesome, nice scenario we now have to have the ability to designate this historical marker to a Coastal Bend, South Texas, Corpus Christi household," mentioned Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi. "Proper now on the way in which to the governor's workplace is a Texas music heritage invoice to spotlight South Texas music, and we'll guarantee Galvan music is on the historical fee's map statewide."

The ballroom is a designated website on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations and Texas Tropical Path and was given the Texas Treasure Enterprise Award from the Texas Historical Fee final 12 months.

Additionally included within the historical designation is the Galvan Music Co. situated on the primary ground of the constructing. It has served Corpus Christi with devices, instrument gear, sheet music and extra since 1959. It continues to be operated by Bobby Galvan Sr., and his spouse, Alicia.

Bobby Galvan Jr. mentioned the official historical marker designation has been a very long time within the making. For the reason that historical info was already submitted to the fee, historian Toni Mason wanted a few month to reformat the textual content to submit for the marker designation.

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