Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale
Who wants to buy a century old landmark?
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Despite the uncertainty of transition, the dance hall culture is still alive and kicking in pockets across the state. Most dance halls, however, have not fared as well when it comes to drawing in new generations. At one time, Texas had about 1,000 active dance halls, but no more than 400 are left standing, and far fewer still are operational and holding public dances. Maintaining these century-old buildings can be a lot of work, and the small communities they’re typically situated in have been impacted by the flow of younger generations to urban areas. Before the Ustyniks bought the hall in 2005, it had been shuttered for 25 years and was falling into disrepair.
After extensive work, they opened the hall back up for business in April of 2006. Old halls can be structurally temperamental and require a certain amount of TLC. The Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc. works with many owners to ensure they remain standing for generations to come. “People have this romantic notion of wanting to own a dance hall, and it’s a great thought,” says Executive Director Deb Fleming. “It’s not rocket science, but there’s a lot more to it than most people think. It’s a large old building and there are a lot of things to think about. The music and alcohol business are another element to consider. Folks that buy it for a romantic reason, for the mystique of it, I really fear that they’ve put their money into something that is not as simple or quick and easy as they might think – not that someone with a lot of passion couldn’t do it and be successful. It takes money, patience, lots of hard work, and persistence.”