Barr Mansion is USDA Certified Organic

Barr Mansion Ideology

  • We celebrate the earth
  • We can shape the world with what we buy
  • The beauty of nature around us is our constant inspiration
Photographer: Stella Alesi

The Green Ten

1. The nations first and ONLY Certified Organic events facility
2. Food USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth
3. Gardens are Certified Organic and Certified Wildlife Habitat
4. The Green Restaurant Association's Highest Scoring Restaurant
5. A Zero Waste facility diverting 97% of our waste stream
6. Linens organic cotton, hemp, linen or recycled fabric
7. All food waste goes to compost and back to the gardens
8. Local, local, local - from vegetables to curtain rods
9. 100% post-consumer paper from Austin's waste stream for office
10. Austin GreenChoice Renewable Energy Partner
Photographer: Our Certifications

A Green Building With Soul

Our vision is to provide a gathering space for our community that is ecologically advanced, energy efficient, consciously designed, and sustainable. We hope to provide a setting for people to come together and interact in a surrounding that will foster awareness and cultivate community among people interested in working to improve our world.

After a devasting fire destroyed the original ballroom in June of 2010, the new ballroom is back bigger and better. The focus this round was to celebrate our local craftspeople as much as possible. Van and Van Construction helped curate the best artistic, local craftsmen. Homestead Heritage quickly came to our aid after the fire and provided us with another heritage barn from New York dating back to the 1700's. Colin McIntyre with Sculpture Forge designed and installed the massive steel curtain glass wall. The entry was inspired by a Parisian entry and a tiara, and utilized the charred timbers of our original ballroom's frame.
Photographer: Matthew Moore Photography
Colin also made and installed the massive 1000 pound metal doors. The copper leaves around the cedar posts and the door handles were hand forged by Colin as well. Keith Miller with Bowerbird Construction and Frank Meyer with Thangmaker Construction joined forces to create plaster for the building using our local clay and sand. Matthew Woollven with Woollven Studio's made all the doors from native Pecan.
Photographer: Diaz & Diaz Photography
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Energy Efficient Low E glass, SIP panels, Gavalume metal roofing, plus aerated concrete block provide for a tight building envelope. The lighting was designed and constructed by Dave Umlas with Curious Customs. All lighting uses LED bulbs.