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#1 lombard33

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 05:39 PM

Hi, all --

Attempting to ascertain the actual physical location of popular nightclub The Sylvan Club, often cited by Fort Worth Press columnist Jack Gordon, which saw performances by the likes of Harry James, Louise Tobin, Duke Ellington, and the fabulous Songbird, Miss Lee Morse. (www.leemorse.com) The Club also was occasionally in trouble from time to time for illegal gambling, as many of the area clubs were then. It was apparently quite a colorful place during its short lifespan, opening on June 28, 1934, and burning down just over a year later, in the wee small hours of July 12, 1935. blink.gif

Our clues so far: Their print advertisements state that the Club was located on the Dallas-Fort Worth Pike, "2 miles west of Arlington." The ads are interesting: They give the headliners, the telephone number, the cover charge ($1.65) ... BUT NO ADDRESS! "On the Pike" now would be on West Division, but I cannot determine what, in 1934-35, would have been considered the edge of Arlington, and the maps we've found aren't clear on that aspect. It was described as "in the woods," and near the railroad, and that folks coming from Fort Worth would have to cross a creek to get there.

Newspaper articles printed a few days prior to the Club's opening night also mention that the new venue occupied the building which had formerly housed "Brandt's Chicken Garden." cheeburga.gif

Normal research avenues are not proving fruitful -- no telephone or city directories from that period have been located, and the Dallas 1930s street maps stop at the edge of Dallas, while the Fort Worth 1930s street maps stop at the edge of Fort Worth. Arlington records have yielded zippity doo-dah for those years, and even Sanborn Insurance Maps have proven less than enlightening.

This club was a separate venue from the Top O' the Hill Club, which now houses Arlington Baptist College. We believe that the Sylvan's location was possibly north and a bit west of the Top O' the Hill.

Any ideas? Please feel free to email me at: lombard@aol.com, subject line: Sylvan Club

Thanks, in advance -- Carole biggrin.gif





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