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Besides featuring a beautifully restored classic Victorian mansion on a seven acre country estate and a separate ballroom with a 40 foot glass wall, thatched roof, trickling waterfall and massive hand-hewn wooden beams, the Barr Mansion is the only event facility in the United States certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grounds and gardens at Barr Mansion are landscaped using organic gardening methods, the seasonal menus are based entirely on organic mostly local ingredients, the table linens are organic cotton and hemp, and the energy systems are efficient geothermal heating and cooling. The Barr Mansion is a full service event and wedding facility providing almost everything for special occasions including coordinating services, tables, linens, chairs, china, wait staff, bartenders, floral services, catering and wedding cakes and can also provide Kosher weddings and other Kosher events like Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. The Barr Mansion can accommodate up to 400 people.
Owned and maintained by the City of Austin, Common's Ford Ranch House is an unfurnished 2500 square feet ranch-style house at Common's Ford Park on Lake Austin available for day rental for formal events like parties, weddings and reunions. Common's Ford Ranch House overlooks the banks of Lake Austin with two patios adjacent to a swimming pool and a large grass area bordered by a split rail fence. There is also a large picnic area with accessories for games of volleyball, horseshoes or croquet. Common's Ford Ranch House accommodates 50 people indoors or up to 150 people utilizing the patios or other outside areas.
Fiesta Gardens is a City of Austin owned facility located on the East side of downtown with a 4000 square feet open plan room, 9500 square feet outdoor patio, fountain, and bandstand all overlooking an inlet off of Lady Bird Lake. Amplified sound is allowed but an event sound permit must be applied for with the City of Austin. Sound must be finished by 11 PM and the facility is only available until midnight including clean up of site. Rental of Fiesta Gardens includes use of the approximately 25 tables and 100 chairs inside the building. All other event and catering supplies are the responsibility of the event organizer. The building capacity is 250 persons or 500 including the building and patio. Parking is available in two lots adjacent to the building, but because the facility is located in a neighborhood area, street parking is limited and event participants are encouraged to carpool. The building is NOT wheelchair accessible. Besides parties, wedding and other private events, Fiesta Gardens is the site of many public music and art festivals in Austin.
The French Legation Museum is a house-museum in east Austin. The French Legation Museum represents a conscientious effort to return to details authentic to the Dubois and Robertson eras. Many pieces remain from the Robertson family's ownership of the home in addition to items from Dubois’ Legation. The reconstructed French country kitchen, designed by architect Raiford Stripling, is notable for its extensive eighteenth and nineteenth-century equipment. Further archeological study also provided the location of the privy/outhouse site; there is now a recreation of this outbuilding on site. Also available for weddings and private events.
The German-Texan Heritage Society is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of the German cultural heritage in Texas. The gardens of the German Free School are available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. Public tours of the German Free School are offered every Thursday afternoon or by appointment.
Originally a summer and weekend retreat in the late 1800's for the Mayfield family, the historic Mayfield Cottage and Gardens is now owned by the City of Austin and is adjacent to the Laguna Gloria Art Museum on Lake Austin. Mayfield Park is available for small and medium sized events such as weddings, business conferences, workshops and retreats. The capacity of the Cottage is 45 persons and the Cottage and grounds combined can accommodate 200 persons. Only a microphone and small PA may be used during ceremonies or announcements and amplified music is not allowed. Mayfield Cottage and Gardens features colorful gardens, towering palm trees, ponds with delicate water lilies and families of peacocks that have made their home at Mayfield for over seventy years.
Mercury Hall is a restored turn-of-the-century building moved over 120 miles to three private acres in south Austin from the settlement of Mercury, Texas. With thirteen cathedral-style stained glass windows and bead-board lined heart pine walls and ceilings, Mercury Hall offers a classic and old-fashioned setting for weddings, receptions and other celebrations. Features include an outdoor terrace, caterer's kitchen and indoor space for 200 guests.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum was designed and constructed by Abner Cook, the Master Builder responsible for Austin’s most elegant 19th-century houses, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Woodlawn, Sweetbrush, and Westhill. Filled with furnishings from 1780-1925 in period rooms: Colonial, Empire, Rococo Revival, Victorian, the Neill-Cochran House Museum provides a narrative for it's former occupants, most notably the Texas School for the Blind and Federal troops during Reconstruction. The Neill-Cochran House Museum is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other special events.
Palm Door is a remodeled warehouse built in 1936 that was originally a cabinet makers shop built overlooking Waller Creek and is located at the corner of 4th and Sabine Streets in downtown Austin. With over 2900 square feet of space featuring rustic wood floors and beams, a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with industrial-style ceiling fans and lighting, creek-side patios, high-speed internet, and a private bride's room with restroom, the Palm Door is suitable for weddings, family reunions, parties, business events and small conferences. The Palm Door has a liberal decor policy and allows small nails in the walls and beams to drape fabric, hang art, or use other decorations to transform the space.
Located right off of Zilker Park, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum features sculpture by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors. It offers classes and workshops to the public, and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Open on Monday and Tuesdays from 10 - 4:30 pm for tour groups of 15 people or more. It is also available for weddings and other private facility rentals.