Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale

Who wants to buy a century old landmark?

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Realtor Joe Schindler grew up in Fayette County, where dancing at Swiss Alp was the thing to do Friday and Saturday nights. (photo by Annalise Pasztor)

Deb Fleming, on a trip to a dance hall out in Panna Maria, discovered that her great-great-grandparents were among the original settlers there in 1854. Realtor Joe Schindler spent years at Swiss Alp growing up, dancing with friends from high school and then college. If you’re a multigenerational Texan whose family settled in Central Texas from Europe in the mid 19th to early 20th century, there’s a good chance you could be connected to one of these dance halls without knowing it.

“It’s this warm, family community feel that we’ve lost in current times when people are somewhat separated and isolated,” says Deb Fleming. “These halls are all about ‘put your boots on, get out there, hang out with your neighbors.’” It’s a feeling that many hope are able to continue into future generations for years to come.

At midnight, the hall clears in a matter of minutes. The last group of stragglers walks down Swiss Alp Road to their car. (photo by Annalise Pasztor)

“Whoever buys the hall, it’s pretty important that they keep it operating on a regular basis so that people know that they have a place to go,” says Kevin Ustynik. “When we first bought the hall we were always introduced as the people who bought Swiss Alp. People would come up to me and if they couldn’t remember my name they’d say ‘Hey Mr. Swiss Alp!’ Whoever takes over, that’s how they’ll become known in the community. They’ll become known as the center of their community, bringing everyone together.”

If the sound Mr. or Ms. Swiss Alp strikes your fancy, the hall is still looking for the next to lay claim to the title.

Interested in buying a historic dance hall? Serious inquiries fielded at tanya@sctxsales.com.

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