When Erika and Halton Williams were wedding planning, they noticed the lack of open and creative venue space available in the Austin, TX area. So Erika made it her mission to find a studio space that could be used for photography, workshops and events. Their search led them to a rundown building in a small town outside of Austin called Hutto. “We immediately were struck by the charm of ‘Old Town’ Hutto, where the storefronts are carefully maintained and seem frozen in time,” Erika says. “As soon as we toured 111 East Street, we knew immediately that this property had so much more potential.” Along with interior designer, Claire Zinnecker, Erika and Halton designed a beautiful space befitting the history of the building and the modern look of their new One Eleven East company.
The building had been mostly vacant since the early 80s, so the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems all needed to be updated. Erika and Halton raised the ceilings, added a loft and installed skylights. “Our goal was to restore the existing architectural features and maintain as much of the history of the 123-year-old building as possible,” Erika says. “We wanted to create a bright, open space that is versatile for our clients and capable of hosting any type of gathering or shoot.” The huge arched windows, white-painted brick, and gorgeously restored long-leaf pine floors make 111 East Street feel like a chic, modern version of original incarnation. Read on to learn more about this special space. —Lauren