The lost disco-land of Elan


I love to learn random pieces of history about Houston.

This week I went to hear Judge Eckels speak at Courtyard on St. James Place (1885 St. James Place) – a pretty interesting venue for a corporate luncheon meeting. The food was swell and the tall ivy-covered walls a very pretty touch.

Turns out that this modest, tucked-away restaurant used to be none other than the glorified disco palace Elan of John Travolta / Urban Cowboy fame. The top meeting room floor used to have a gigantor hole in it for disco bunnies to mingle around and check out potential dance partners.

Sadly (or was it sad?), a few months after Urban Cowboy was released the Houston club world started edging its way towards Western swing dancing… well, it is Texas…

Read more random end-of-the-disco-era-sadness here. I am so easily amused.

1 Comment so far

  1. Katie (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    OMG, that is so funny. We go there all the time for lunch meetings. And people rent out the ball room for weddings, etc. It seems too elegant to be a former gold lame laden disco den.

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