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Historical Subject Marker Ceremony to take place for Mayfair Building in Tyler

  • What: The Mayfair Building will be honored during the subject marker unveiling ceremony.
  • When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Where: Mayfair Building. 415 Fair Park Dr. Tyler, TX

The Art Deco Mayfair Building was constructed in the late 1920’s by the City of Tyler to serve as a multipurpose venue and was first referred to as the “Opera House.” It contained a stage on the west end and was furnished with fixed theatre seating. Many famous big bands performed during the 1930’s, including: Del Courtney, Don Bestor, Anson Weeks, Herman Waldman, Phil Baxter, Carl “Deacon” Moore and Lani McIntyre. It was remodeled in 1938 to accommodate the Rose Festival Queen’s Ball. The stage was relocated to the north side of the auditorium and the floor was redesigned with multi-level seating platforms.

During World War II, the Mayfair was utilized by the USO in support of Camp Fannin, a military installation located north of the City of Tyler. The list of famous entertainers and singers appearing at the Mayfair is exhaustive. Some of the entertainers that appeared at the Mayfair are: Elvis Presley (three different times), Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Bopper, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, David Allan Coe, Buddy Ebsen, Carl Perkins, Slim Whitman, Sonny James, Gatlin Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Junior Samples, Grandpa Jones, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Tex Ritter, Charlie Pride, Minnie Pearl, Smiley Burnette, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Bo Didley, Red Foley, Hank Williams, June Carter Cash, Anita Bryant, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Horton, Bob Barker, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves and the Grand Ole Opry tour group.

Professional wrestling matches were also held in the Mayfair, including Fritz Von Erich and his famous sons. Buddy Turman, a Texas Heavyweight boxer, fought in the championship at the Mayfair in 1955. In addition, Golden Gloves boxing events were held in the building. Many gospel concerts including The Imperials, The Cathedrals, Journeymen, The Blackwood Brothers and The Happy Goodman Family performed as well.

The event will also serve as the official kick-off for the Friends of the Mayfair fundraising efforts to restore the building. Live entertainment and light refreshments will be available. Individuals wishing to contribute to this project can make a tax-deductible donation to:

The Friends of the Mayfair
P.O. Box 133200
Tyler, TX 75713
Website www.friendsofthemayfair.org
E-mail info@friendsofthemayfair.com

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