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Germany: DRONE captures abandoned ballroom, is there time for one last dance?03:33

Germany: DRONE captures abandoned ballroom, is there time for one last dance?

Germany, Berlin
March 23, 2015 at 05:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ruptly's drone captured one of Berlin's many fascinating abandoned sites, the twin ballrooms known as ‘Ballhaus Gruenau', Saturday. Once the picture of opulence, the now crumbling halls of Ballhaus Riviera and Gesellschaftshaus Gruenau are located on the Dahme, a tributary of the river Spree.

Since opening in the 1890’s, the ballrooms and surrounding facilities hosted grand events throughout the 20th century, surviving both World Wars and the following GDR (German Democratic Republic) era. In 1977 the GDR gave legal protection to many buildings within its territory, including those at Gruenau.

Over the years investors have shown interest in converting the dilapidated site into apartments, a hotel and even a retirement home, but such proposals have been rejected by the city. The estimated cost for renovating the site is approximately €15 million (USD $16.2 million).

Germany: DRONE captures abandoned ballroom, is there time for one last dance?03:33
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Ruptly's drone captured one of Berlin's many fascinating abandoned sites, the twin ballrooms known as ‘Ballhaus Gruenau', Saturday. Once the picture of opulence, the now crumbling halls of Ballhaus Riviera and Gesellschaftshaus Gruenau are located on the Dahme, a tributary of the river Spree.

Since opening in the 1890’s, the ballrooms and surrounding facilities hosted grand events throughout the 20th century, surviving both World Wars and the following GDR (German Democratic Republic) era. In 1977 the GDR gave legal protection to many buildings within its territory, including those at Gruenau.

Over the years investors have shown interest in converting the dilapidated site into apartments, a hotel and even a retirement home, but such proposals have been rejected by the city. The estimated cost for renovating the site is approximately €15 million (USD $16.2 million).

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