Texas Federation of Womens Clubs Mansion
The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Mansion, has been host to weddings, banquets and festivities of all kinds. Since the 1930s its walls have echoed with anticipation, laughter and excitement. It was designed for celebrations, and you can feel it the moment you step inside. The Mansion can be yours for your special night, and the rates are surprisingly reasonable. You can rent the Entire Mansion or the Grand Ballroom Of course most activities are centered in the Grand Ballroom, the largest of its kind in central Texas. The polished oak floor spans over four thousand square feet (two average houses could fit inside!) and the ceiling soars to thirty feet. You may utilize the Ballroom for both dining and dancing, and a band or DJ can set up on the large curtained stage. The room is dramatically illuminated with vintage bronze and crystal wall sconces, for a total of seventy candlelight bulbs and a thousand sparkling crystal drops! The Formal Dining Room features dramatic classical columns and expansive bay windows. Victorian couches and period tables and chairs furnish this lovely space. The Victorian Parlor features a fireplace and antique furniture. Chairs and sofas are clustered for relaxed and easy conversation. The Library features a collection of Texana, including books by and about notable women. It is a comfortable retreat with antique sofas and armchairs. In the nineteen-thirties and forties, the Georgian Room was an operating tea room. The original hat-check stand is there, along with hardwood flooring and wall sconces. It is basically a ballroom in miniature, with tall, elegant windows and a vaulted ceiling. The Mansion hosts only one event at a time. Even if you choose not to reserve the entire space, be assured your event is the only one happening. Except for support staff, you and your guests have use of the Mansion exclusively. The Mansion is a Texas Historic Landmark, an Austin Historic Landmark and is listed with the National Register of Historic places. It was designed by noted Dallas architect Henry Coke Knight to be the state headquarters for The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, and is considered to be one of the best examples of Georgian Revival architecture in Texas. It was completed in 1931 with assistance from noted philanthropist, Clara Driscoll, whose Austin residence was Laguna Gloria, current home of the Austin Museum of Art. The Mansion is adjacent to the Neill-Cochran House, built in 1855, and acts as a cornerstone to the historic Judge's Hill neighborhood, a few blocks west of the University of Texas campus. It is convenient to Lamar Boulevard, Mopac Expressway and IH 35, and is a short drive from restaurants, churches, bed and breakfasts, and hotels. Once there, please take a moment for a virtual tour of our historic building. Of course, a picture can only give you an idea of the elegance and "feel" of the Mansion, so if you like what you see give us a call and we'll show you around in person. There's no sales pitch. But, if the Mansion is right for your event, we'll do whatever we can to help make it a success.