Café in the Lange family building and Airbnb in Ballinger

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The Security Title Co. building at 801 Hutchings will be getting a facelift. The three story building was recently purchased by the Lange family, owners of Lange Funeral Home.

The building will become “The Hotel on Main”. While the structure is a few weeks away from opening, the Lange family has already started work on generating interest with their websites and social media pages; www.whatshappeningonmain.com and www.thehotelonmain.com. On Facebook, they are under The Hotel on Main.

Gillian Lange says the first phase will be to renovate the front area of ​​the building and set up a cafe that will also serve adult drinks. They are also going to build a loft, “We want to give people a place to relax.”

Ryan Lange said his travels helped him make the decision: “I was inspired by trips to California. We wanted to build something beautiful that Ballinger could be proud of.” Gillian said the hotel had one primary focus: “We want to bring businesses downtown. We want to showcase local businesses. We will have the cafe and the loft and eventually an Airbnb.”

When the building was constructed, it was the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Ballinger. The building, built in 1909, has aged well on the outside. Other than the installation of new windows, the exterior is in fairly good condition. The work inside will be extensive: “We want to restore this building to what it looked like in the 1920s and 1930s, during the Great Gatsby era. Part of this work is to retain the original pewter ceiling that many older buildings in Ballinger have.

The Lange family purchased the former Security Title building located on 8th Street and Hutchings Avenue.  It will eventually become an Airbnb.  Part of the construction includes maintaining the original tin ceiling.

The work will include rewiring most of the building, construction of the aforementioned loft, installation of equipment for the cafe and bar, food preparation and cooking, construction of a gift shop, installation of tables and chairs for clients, as well as the filming of rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor in suites for the Airbnb.

The story of the Lange family runs deep in this area, but it is the overall story of Ballinger and the hotel that the family wishes to present. “Each hotel room will have a book on the history of the hotel,” said Gillian. According to Gillian, the rooms will also have amenities such as picnic baskets, afternoon tea and sandwiches, “We should have 10 rooms, with a large suite up front.”

The large, large room will eventually be transformed into hotel rooms or an auditorium. The Langes will use local suppliers for much of their supplies. They will have Longhorn coffee, as well as baked goods from Ballinger’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cottage. The family is also considering setting up a living room in the building.

The renovations to the great room on the 3rd floor of the building will be significant.  Eventually, it will become either an auditorium or several suites.

The first stage of the construction will be the café, with drinks for adults. They published their notice for a TABC permit.

The task ahead for Lange’s crew is no small feat. Airbnb’s extensive interior work will take months and with wood prices skyrocketing every day, it won’t be cheap.

The Airbnb will have its own entrance separate from the street. The 3rd floor master suite has a turret style corner with windows that overlook Hutchings Avenue, 8th Street and most of downtown. The view is spectacular.

The turret-style wall of the building will become a grand suite.  Windows offer views of Hutchings Ave and 8th Street.

Gillian said they weren’t looking to make the place something like you would see in Austin or wherever, “We want to introduce Ballinger. People don’t come here to stay somewhere that looks like something in Austin. . We want people to see something that is part of who we are here. “

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