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Park Royal To Hold Ballroom Dedication

Event to honor the late Rose and Sam Pollock

The Park Royal was built in 1930 at 4605 Lindell Blvd. (click for larger version)
August 09, 2011
The Park Royal has been a landmark building in the Central West End nearly since its construction in 1930. But now, more than 80 years later, a plaque is finally going up in the ballroom to honor Samuel and Rose Pollock the original developers and builders of the Park Royal thanks to their son.

Joseph Pollock M.D., who recently turned 98, spent much of his adult life in Southern California, establishing his surgical practice and eventually becoming a chief of surgery in Beverly Hills. He later used that experience as inspiration for a number of books he authored, including "A Beverly Hills Surgeon" and "Class Act."

But Pollock's medical roots started here in St. Louis, where he trained and got his medical degree from Washington University in 1938. While in medical school, he lived at the Park Royal Apartments the 16-story apartment building his parents built in St. Louis' Central West End.

Rose and Samuel Pollock. (click for larger version)
"I remember my time at the Park Royal very fondly," said Pollock. "I wanted to live on my own, but I could not afford a 'regular' apartment, so I built myself one on the 16th floor alongside the elevator motors. For about $100 and, with the help of the building's plumber, I put in a bathroom with a shower and separated the room from the motors with a wood wall, and that's where I lived the entire time I was in medical school."

At the time of the Park Royal's construction, Sam and Rose Pollock were owners of the Pollock Clothing Company, located on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. Not satisfied with local designers' plans, they brought in New York architect David R. Harrison to create the Park Royal.

"The Park Royal is a terrific example of early 20th century Gothic architecture," said Daniel Wolk, senior vice president of Bianco Properties. "It has long been a major showpiece here in the Central West End and we are thrilled to be able to fulfill Dr. Pollock's dream of dedicating its ballroom to the memories of his parents, Sam and Rose Pollock."

The official dedication of the ballroom in honor of the Pollocks will take place Sunday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m., at The Park Royal Apartments located at 4605 Lindell Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.

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