When the nearly century-old Lakeside Ballroom was destroyed by fire, the Glenwood, MN, community rallied to rebuild the facility, which was located on the shores of Lake Minnewaska. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, in its heyday the location had showcased such major talents as Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Guy Lombardo, and Louis Armstrong. As the ballroom served as both a local landmark and a potent source of fond memories for Glenwood residents, the goal of the project was to maintain the historical integrity of the original structure, at the same time adding modern amenities such as air conditioning and an energy-efficient building exterior.
WSN designed the new facility with a central entry and bar/lounge area that provides access to both the ballroom and the adjoining restaurant. The building’s features include a maple dance floor, windows opening onto the lake, and photographs and posters of the original building and visiting celebrities.
Project highlights include: strong community support for replacement of building following fire, design maintains historical integrity of original structure, central entry provides access to both ballroom and restaurant, modern amenities include air conditioning and an energy-efficient building exterior.