Mercury Hall

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From the venue: “Nestled on a secluded hilltop just minutes from downtown Austin, Mercury Hall offers an idyllic setting for a variety of occasions. This historic structure was built in 1904 in Mercury, Texas, and was moved to its current South Austin location in 1997. The Hall plays host to weddings, special events, fundraisers, and performances. Mercury Hall’s flexible layout and rustic beauty will set the picture-perfect stage for your truly unique event. The History of Mercury Hall Built in 1904 by the inhabitants of the frontier town of Mercury for use as a church, the chapel survived two major fires that reduced Mercury from an eager young town to the quiet country settlement (pop. 166) it remains today. Sunday services, weddings, and prayer meetings were held in the building for more than eighty years until the decision was made in 1996 to construct a modern building for the congregation. The building was purchased in the fall of 1997, and work began by selecting the proper site for the building and re-christened Mercury Hall in honor of its humble beginnings. A hilltop in south Austin’s old Galinda neighborhood was secured next, and approval from the city of Austin came the next summer. By August the big move was underway! Wise brides, close friends, and eager families enjoyed the spring season as Mercury Hall hosted its first events in its new incarnation as a private reception facility. The landscape around Mercury Hall is designed to reflect the Hill Country feel of the quaint but classic structure, emphasizing native Texas wildflowers and colorful indigenous species, most notably the many magnificent live oak and post oak trees shading the four acres of grounds. Ample parking was provided without the removal of any trees, a point of pride for the Hall’s restoration team. Old friends from Mercury occasionally drop by to marvel at the building never looked better! Mercury Hall was also featured in the movie “Waking Life” by the prominent local screenwriter/director Richard Linklater.”