History

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, re-christened Mercury Hall in honor of its humble beginnings. A hilltop in south Austin‘s old Galindo neighborhood was secured next, and approval from the city of Austin came the next summer. By August the big move was underway!

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 tress shading the four acres of grounds. Ample parking was provided without removal of any trees, a point of pride for the Hall’s restoration team. Old friends from Mercury occasionally drop by to marvel – the building never looked better!

 

The Space

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 moved to its current South Austin location in 1997.  The hall plays host to weddings, special events, corporate meetings, fundraisers, and everything in between.  Mercury Hall’s flexible layout and rustic beauty will set the stage for your truly unique event.  We also try to keep things in the South Austin mindset; laid-back. When renting our venue, clients have exclusive access to all of the following spaces on site.

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BANQUET Hall

The hall boasts 2218 sf of event space, hosting the original wood floors, stain glass windows and white shiplap walls. This versatile space accommodates up to 150 guests seated banquet style or 200 for ceremony.


Rock Garden Courtyard

Our courtyard is 1732 sf of uncovered courtyard space, surrounded by lush gardens and a backdrop of bamboo. This area hosts cocktail hours for up to 200, seated banquet style up to 150 and ceremonies up to 200 guests.  The courtyard has the flexibility to install a 30x60’ tent. 


Ceremony Terrace

Our most popular location for ceremonies, this contemporary limestone terrace is 300sf.  Our three 200 year old Live Oak Trees create a idyllic canopy over the terrace and looks out to the Upper Lawn.


Upper Lawn

Our 3100 sf upper lawn is the perfect locale to seat all of your guests for a ceremony (up to 250), and everything from yoga retreats to lawn games.