Dante’s Event Center

8607 FM 1976, Bldg. 2
Converse, Texas 78109

Right next to papa Dante’s Italian Restaurant sits a multi-use 8,500 square foot event center! Dante’s Event Center was designed to accommodate various events as well as bocce ball, the Italian originated lawn bowling sport. The building circulation was designed so that from the central foyer entrance one has the option to go into the indoor event center on the left or the outdoor patio area on the right. These two spaces are split by the restaurant/bar that provides service to both. The indoor event center is a large open space with exposed wooden trusses that opens up the space. This is enhanced by the clerestory windows that let natural light spill in from the top. The wooden columns lead the eye to the sunlight enhanced trusses. The space has the flexibility to host any type of event. The patio area is a large outdoor open space complete with outdoor activities, a stage for live music and eating and social spaces. Dante’s Event Center is composed of wood frame construction, cement board and batten siding, stucco veneer, stone veneer, and a standing seam metal roof. The exterior materials were used to show the differentiation of the interior spaces while keeping a balance between the two.