The Rockland Palace up on 155th Street no longer stands today but that venue was a testament to time where the LGBT community was highly visible in Harlem. Back in the Harlem Renaissance year's of the 1920s, The Hamilton Lodge No. 710 of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows held the Masquerade and Civic Ball which by 1937 attracted a record 8,000 guests to the annual event. The audience was mostly black and reportedly traveled from all over the city and the east coast to see the grand spectacle uptown at 280 West 155th Street. This location would later host more religious activity in the following decades and then would eventually be demolished. A parking lot stands on the site today and little is left of the grand palace that spawned uptown's unique cultural phenomenon but smaller balls have continued to be part of the LGBT community in Harlem for decades after.