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Boston Nightclub History: Lesson #1

Posted by Emily Sweeney  September 12, 2007 01:04 PM

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It seems like there have always been nightclubs on Lansdowne Street.

But you know who actually constructed that big building that houses Avalon and Axis?

Eban Jordan -- the daddy of the Boston Globe. Hellz yes, he built those garage-like buildings about 100 years ago.

Avalon's website provides this interesting historical backgrounder on the history of the building, and the Lansdowne club scene:

Over the years, the building at 15 Lansdowne Street has served many different purposes. At the turn of the century, retailer Eban Jordan, of Jordan Marsh and founder of The Boston Globe, built 13-15 Lansdowne Street to house his delivery horses, carriages and trucks.
In 1969, 15 Lansdowne Street entered the entertainment arena as a psychedelic club called THE ARK. Soon after, the legendary BOSTON TEA PARTY, managed by Don Law, moved into the 15 Lansdowne Street address. Both the TEA PARTY and its predecessor THE ARK played host to many of rocks most celebrated acts such as Bob Dylan, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. Don Law would later become one of Americas premiere concert promoters. The rise of the disco era saw ownership of the space change hands once again. A young Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager with their partner Jon Addison bought the building and converted it into a glamorous discotheque aptly named 15 LANSDOWNE. A few years later they sold out to Addison and went back to New York City and opened the infamous STUDIO 54 and later MORGAN'S HOTEL, which would start the boutique hotel revolution.
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Meanwhile, Addison hired a young hotshot, Patrick Lyons, to manage the venue now renamed BOSTON - BOSTON. In 1980, he and a group of investors bought the property, and eventually the rest of the Lansdowne Street clubs. BOSTON, BOSTON became METRO and after installing the domed roof in 1988, CITI.
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The building at 15 Lansdowne Street has been called AVALON since 1992. Now the home of AVALAND, AVALON underwent a major multimillion-dollar renovation in 1999. The new AVALON includes and additional 7,000 square feet of space created by annexing the MAMA KIN MUSIC HALL, a 600-person club, which was located next door.

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Be on the lookout for Boston Nightclub History Lesson #2 ---> we'll look at old photos of Lansdowne, and look for the deeper meaning behind the big hair-dos, bad-ass dance moves and unusual fashion choices club-goers have made over the years. -- Emily Sweeney

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