By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A long-dormant St. Louis nightclub has been named one of the country’s most endangered historic buildings.

The Palladium opened 100 years ago as a roller rink. It was later home to a jazz club and dance hall featuring artists such as Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald under the name Club Plantation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1yJYe7w ) reports the National Trust for Historic Preservation has designated the building as a threatened, culturally significant site. The vacant building is surrounded by property recently purchased by the federal government for a planned $430 million expansion of the nearby John Cochran VA Hospital.

The building later held a variety of bars after Club Plantation closed but has been vacant since a thrift store left nearly four years ago.

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