Historic Silverado Ballroom Building Reopens After Makeover

The city of San Diego and community leaders recently marked the reopening of the historic Silverado Ballroom, following a $1.62 million renovation of the City Heights property.

A statement from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office said the ballroom first opened in the 1930s at 4752 University Ave., serving as a place for community gatherings, dances and visits from music legends. Following a recently completed restoration, it is slated to house a new restaurant and event space.

The art-deco-style building was refurbished with a $1.38 million city redevelopment loan, $81,000 from the city’s small business revolving loan fund, and an investment of approximately $160,000 by property owner David Chau.

City officials said work included renovating the building’s exterior and the ballroom located on the second floor, with tenant improvements also completed on the first floor. An elevator was installed for accessibility by disabled residents, and the property also has new paving, electrical and other structural upgrades.

The art-deco-style building in recent years has housed various commercial businesses on its ground floor, including a video store and a furniture store. It had been closed prior to the renovation.

The Silverado Ballroom is one of three art-deco buildings at the intersection of University and Euclid avenues, including the Euclid Tower and the Egyptian Garage.

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