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Round Top Summer 2024

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(Continued from page 14) ROUND ABOUT ROUND TOP A n e a r l y - m o r n i n g fire on April 11 that destroyed a handful of structures at the beloved Zapp Hall venue in Warrenton has inspired an outpouring of community support. At press time, countless offers to donate materials and equipment for rebuilding and two fundraisers were planned to support the affected vendors. Zapp Hall was set to host a picnic and fundraiser with raffle and a silent auction. A second benefit in May for Denverado featured a silent auction, performances by Sam Platts & The Plainsmen, Western Jelly, and others at Round Top Dance Hall. According to Zapp Hall owner Cheryl Lehane, the fire was discovered a little before 5 am Thursday, April 11, by a local who reported it to the Round Top-Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department. The cause of the fire is unknown. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze that consumed the Denverado storefront, Disco Alley event space, Vincent Peach Fine Jewelry's Pearl Hall, and an original hay barn that housed vendor Two Bar West. The latter was the only structure destroyed by the fire that was original to the historic Zapp Hall property, which has operated as an antiques and events venue since 1987. Denverado's Disco Alley was the social hub of the venue and home to '80s Nite, Warrenton Wine Walk, and the legendary Zapp Hall Prom, which has been celebrated there for decades. Fans of Denver Cour tney (aka Denverado) and Coty Cole can shop the Viva Denverado storefront at The 550 Market Thursday through Sunday, year- round. Fine jewelry by Vincent Peach is on display at their main Round Top location at Market Hill during the antiques shows. "We will rebuild in some fashion," says Lehane. "We plan to be fully operational for the fall show even if that requires the use of tents." @zapphall, Candice Cowin T racy and Brian Keith, owners of year-round shopping venue Round Top Village (Richard Schmidt Jewelry, Courtney Barton, Tutu & Lilli, Muse Collective, Simple Rags, Cottonseed Trading, Bella's Candles) on North Washington Street, plan to remodel and expand, with a restaurant and five new vendor spaces in the works. A building will be constructed behind Richard Schmidt Jewelry, and a new wide entrance and new signage are planned. Construction started following the spring show and should be completed in time for the Fall 2024 Antiques & Design Show. Candice Cowin O ne of our area's most inspiring preservation stories takes place in Bellville, where fanfare is in order for the handsomely restored Turnverein, a pavilion that holds court in Bellville City Park. Erected in 1897 by the all-German social club, the Bellville Turnverein Gut Heil, it's served this small Texas community and surrounding Austin County for more than 120 years as a nexus for dances, soirées, festivals, parades, and political causes. After Hurricane Harvey caused water damage in 2017, the nonprofit Bellville Turnverein Pavilion Restoration Project stepped in. David Bucek and his Houston firm, Stern and Bucek Architects, were enlisted to restore, preserve, and sensitively update the Turnverein for future generations. The $1.4 million project was assisted by Anna Mod, director of historic tax credits for Ryan tax firm, who was brought on as consultant. A Recorded Texas Historic Landmark since 1996, the 12-sided, 80-foot-diameter wooden hall offers a testament to the skills of German immigrant Joachim H. Hintz, who was an in-demand turn-of-the-century Baumeister (master builder). Bucek says, "This project required a creative approach to introducing air conditioning into historic wood building in a manner that did not visually impact the character-defining interior space, particularly the exposed wood roof structure." The restoration was completed in time for the Bellville Chamber of Commerce's 100th Jubilee, in May 2023. Available as a venue for weddings and celebration, Catherine D. Anspon FROM THE ASHES: ZAPP HALL FIRE FUNDRAISERS IT TAKES A VILLAGE Bellville's restored Turnverein EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: BELLVILLE'S TURNVEREIN Zapp Hall will rise again. PRUDENCE ALLWEIN 16

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