• Austin’s Palazzo Lavaca reimagined as corporate and social event venue

     
    POSTED September 26, 2016
     

Looking for a new—and, frankly—incredible place to host a social event or meeting? Check out Palazzo Lavaca in Austin. It is one of the city’s oldest buildings and stands at the corner of 16th St. and Lavaca.

Giselle Koy, an Austin native and UT alum, purchased the building eight years ago. “I was so moved by this building, a true homage to Austin’s amazing past,” says Koy. “I wanted to keep that great Austin vibe and add in some of my design inspirations like the famous Palazzo Fortuny in Venice and Julian Schnabel's Palazzo in New York City.”

The circa 1890 building once housed one of Austin’s first firehouses, and by the 1940s, it had become a saddle foundry. Now, the space is filled with lux and modern touches, but Koy kept most of the building’s original features, including freshly restored longleaf pine floors, a refurbished 1905 Otis elevator and the Capital Saddlery boot in front of the building.

Among the treasures discovered or added during the renovation are:

▪ A frieze from the firehouse, which remained completely intact. It features images of old-fashioned hydrants across the border.

▪ An old wooden rack used to hold boot forms for clients such as Al Capone. It is in the large foyer that enters into the courtyard.

▪ Thirty-two reclaimed doors from historical spaces around the country, including an old Nebraskan hotel and Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.

▪ Uncovered in a private master suite is an old trap door once used as a hay drop for the firehouse horses.

There are five distinct spaces within the Palazzo Lavaca: an open-air courtyard, an elegant Violet Flame Bar, a Grand Ballroom, a stately Great Room and a media lounge. There also is a state-of-the-art kitchen and separate quarters that can function as a changing room for the bride and groom, or for a small corporate gathering.

Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort is set to open in Crystal Beach on the Texas Gulf Coast as a premier RV resort and entertainment venue. The 150-acre beachfront resort will feature more than 500 RV sites and an amenity package that includes a 5-acre entertainment park with beachside concerts year-round. Throughout the resort, visitors will also have access to luxury concert suites, a turf football field, a food truck park, large resort pool and a fleet of golf cart rentals.

 

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, in-person meetings are making a comeback. 

“After a year of working in virtual environments, businesses of all sizes are finding the need to reconnect face-to-face in meaningful ways,” says Lisa Fasbender, general manager of the 186-acre Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe in Conroe. “Our ability to host a meeting that combines serious learning with serious fun makes Margaritaville Lake Resort the ideal setting to collaborate and focus on team building.”

The resort offers:

 

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