Donna-Mark-Favorites-0092smThe Event Pavilion

The 5000 square-foot Pavilion at Rancho Mirando was designed by six time AIA award-winning architect Mark W. Canada. Conceived as a multi-functional open-air but under-roof reception hall and events center, the pavilion is the jewel in the crown of the 50-acre ranch resort famous for its awe-inspiring views of the Texas Hill Country.

The pavilion is nestled within a grove of Spanish and live oak trees and specifically positioned for commanding views of the Devil’s Backbone. Architectural styling reminiscent of Spanish Mission was influenced by the Texas Alamo, only an hour drive away. Extensive use of native Texas stone, standing seam metal roofing, wood sloped ceilings, wood ceiling trusses, large custom built sliding barn doors with glass, custom light fixtures and polished concrete floors anchor the project in the Contemporary Texas Hill Country vernacular architectural style. Unpredictable Texas weather and uncompromising nature of wedding dates dictated central heating and air conditioning, as well as operable window openings. A twenty foot wide stone arch nicely frames a view of the oak grove beyond the wedding altar.

The project was also designed with a priority on rain harvesting. The building’s rain collection system is connected with underground plumbing and overhead gutters and supplements the well water. The butterfly roof of the restrooms funnels the water into the 10,000 gallon water storage tank that serves as the springhead of the whole ranch water collection system.  A total of three 10,000 gallon water storage tanks are connected on the ranch and provide supplemental water and irrigation for future orchards, vineyards, existing olive and lavender groves, peacock barns and the owner’s residence.

The landscape design demonstrates a priority to integrate into the natural landscape native trees, shrubs and plants that are drought tolerant and deer resistant. A carpet of decomposed granite walkways and sitting areas seamlessly blends the buildings with the landscape design. Sitting benches made of locally harvested stones add a sculptural effect and outdoor tree lighting creates a truly romantic scene for weddings and receptions.

A three hundred foot long Memorial Trail leads event guests from the 2500 square foot reception tent through a hillside of wildflowers to the Pavilion. Another stone pathway, the Madrone Trail, winds its way downhill to the event parking lot built from ranch harvested boulders and cedar mulch.

The event hall was designed to work equally well as a post-wedding celebration site on the occasion that an outdoor wedding or event is planned. Cascading outdoor flagstone terraces add additional floor space for reception activities. Two large outdoor fire pits serve as popular resting places. The covered altar area doubles as a dance floor during the reception. And finally, the aviary adds a popular gathering spot for children and adults alike when peacocks, pheasant, parakeets, finches and fancy roosters are the featured display.

The amenities for event planning in the Rancho Mirando Event Pavilion abound. Caterers enjoy a full commercial kitchen from which to prepare and serve banquet meals. DJ and entertainers perform either under the covered alter or within the assembly area. The cascading terrace and courtyard between the pavilion and the restroom facilities are perfect locations for a bar.

The Pavilion at Rancho Mirando is truly a one-of-a-kind event space in a one-of-a-kind venue — a unique find for discriminating brides and event hosts in all of the Texas hill country.

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About the Architect



Mark A. Canada, AIA is recognized as one of the finest architects of custom residences in Central Texas. He possesses exemplary skills at maneuvering the difficult and often complex problems of challenging Texas Hill Country sites.

From its beginnings, passive solar design has been elemental in Canada + Associates, Architecture’s design philosophy. Green and Sustainable building is encouraged through the firm’s holistic approach to design, including active solar photo voltaic electricity production, geo-thermal heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems, rain water harvesting and utilizing a comprehensive radiant barrier/vapor barrier/insulation construction specification.  Read more>>