Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale
Who wants to buy a century old landmark?
Among eBay’s Britney Spears memorabilia, potato chips in the likeness of the Virgin Mary, and used badminton racquets up for bids, you might have been surprised to stumble upon a far different type of historical relic: the Swiss Alp Dance Hall. Located an hour and a half southeast of Austin, the 7,000 square foot hall was put up for bidding in June and included the on-site café, two acres of property, and a community steeped in Texas history. The listing also included an important note from the seller: “Swiss Alp Dance Hall is over 100 years old, expect some wear and tear.”
Swiss Alp has been owned by three families since it was built in 1896 by German settlers. Unlike many dance halls that served as religious or community centers, Swiss Alp was built for one purpose and one purpose only: dancing. Dance hall culture was a staple of life for Czech and German settlers in 19th century Texas, and the halls were rich social centers for dancing to polka, country, and, now, the occasional pop hit.