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The Loren Hotel Brings New Life to Austin’s Historic Paggi House

The elegant hotel reinvents this Austin landmark as an art venue and philanthropic community space

(photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

On April 6, guests arrived to Austin’s historical landmark Paggi House for it’s re-opening and re-imagining as an art gallery and event space. One of the oldest buildings in Austin, originally built in the 1880s and carefully restored, Paggi House sits on the grounds of The Loren Hotel.

Paggi House (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

“We’re so excited for the public to experience Paggi House in its new iteration, and we think it will be a significant addition to Austin’s cultural community,” says Penny Aaron, art advisor at The Loren Hotel. “By using this space to showcase exhibitions, we hope to give locals and visitors an opportunity to engage with art in a meaningful way.” Exhibitions will often be themed around ideas of science, nature and the environment.  

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Stephen King, David Wright (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Susan Scafati, Andy Coolquitt, Tamara Gonzales (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Nancy Shyi, Raul Madrigal(photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Alex Klein, Sharon Maidenberg, Manik Raj Nakra (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Borja Del Nido, Luis Sanchez, Jared Hohensee (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Stephen DeKoch, Erin Shorts, Emily Saltzberg, Chelsea McCullough, Taylor Hughes (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

The First Exhibit at Paggi House

The first group exhibition, entitled, “Explorers,” will run through May 31, exclusively by appointment. The showcase includes several artists represented in The Loren Hotel’s art collection, as well as other renowned artists, including Matthew Ritchie, Rodney McMillian, Xylor Jane, Dustin Yellin, Alteronce Gumby and more. 

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Paggi House (photo by Wen Fitzgerald)

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Philanthropic Use for Community Organizations

Through the end of this year, The Loren will offer Austin philanthropic organizations the opportunity to host meetings and events at Paggi House free of charge before moving to commercial events in 2025.

“Our goal has always been to create an atmosphere that would promote innovation, open-mindedness and creativity, and to be able to do that in such a beloved space in Austin is very exciting. Our place in and connection to the community in Austin is so important to us, and we are delighted that in the first instance, we are offering this space to philanthropic organizations in Austin,” says The Loren Hotel’s founder Stephen King.

Read more about Paggi House and its history on The Loren Hotel website.