Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale

Who wants to buy a century old landmark?

(Page 4 of 5)


photo by Annalise Pasztor

Preparing for the dances each week was a full-time job, but for the Ustyniks, all the effort has paid off tenfold. “We really felt like the community embraced us because we helped bring it back to life,” says owner Donna Ustynik. In the years since, they’ve seen generations of families come through. Couples who met at the dance hall have gotten engaged, kids have grown up and come back from college, and families have passed on long-held traditions. One time a family of four generations showed up to dance together.

“The grandpa was on the dance floor dancing, and the smallest grandchild was standing on his toes,” reminisces co-owner Kevin Ustynik. “That one was one of the things that was really special about running a place like that. The grandparents met there, and they’ve brought the generations back over the time.”


photo by Annalise Pasztor

In fact, no one I spoke to seems untouched by the family ties to these dance halls. Kevin himself discovered after buying the hall that the property directly across from Swiss Alp Hall Road is where his great-grandparents settled from Germany.

“We didn’t even know that was the property until we bought the hall, and then when we were talking to everyone we found out we had relatives across the street,” says Kevin. “There were some older people coming to the hall when we first opened that knew my grandmother from coming in the hall when she was younger.”

Page:   1   |   2   |   3   |   4   |   5   |   All

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle