• 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.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.