The Plant at Kyle was designed

for indoor/outdoor living, with large and small porch areas. A covered swimming pool provides a refreshing focus during the warmer months. Livestock that sometimes graze on the property (outside of the 2 acre fenced lawn area near the house) include cows, sheep, and donkeys. Wild animals that have been sighted on the land include gray foxes, deer, wild turkeys, armadillos, road runners, and buzzards. Guided nature walks of the property and local natural landmarks can be arranged.

The Plant at Kyle is located near many picturesque towns and country roads which span the Hill Country, and 10 miles from I-35, with highway access to Austin, San Antonio, and beyond. There is a thriving local food scene in and around Austin, including farmers markets and restaurants.

There are also many cultural and retail opportunities in every direction. The following list links you to a number of websites highlighting interesting things to do and see in the surrounding area:

Kyle (8 miles east)
About Kyle
Plum Creek Golf Course
Other Kyle attractions

Buda attractions
Calbela's Outdoor Sports

Wimberley (11 miles west)
Visit Wimberley
Town of Wimberley

Austin (30 miles north along I-35)
Now Playing Austin
Visitor's Bureau
Austin Chronicle
Austin American-Statesman
Austin Museum Parnership
Texas State History Museum
Texas State Capitol Visitors Center
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

San Marcos
San Marcos Visitors Center
Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography
The nearby outlet mall was recently ranked the 3rd Best Place to Shop in the world as according to ABC TV's "The View" show.

San Antonio (70 miles south along I-35)
San Antonio Visitors Bureau
San Antonio Riverwalk
Alamo Quarry Market

Private guided tours of the design, history, and natural surroundings

of this award-winning complex are available by appointment. Nature walks around the property or to local landmarks can also be arranged.

Tours of both the exterior and interior spaces are informal, and last approximately 45-minutes. Groups of varying sizes can be accommodated. Photography for personal use and social media is permitted.

$25 per person fee, with proceeds going towards restoration, conservation, and maintenance. For information about rates and available dates, please email us at


The Plant at Kyle was designed by Lake|Flato Architects, a nationally recognized architectural firm that creates modern, environmentally responsible, artful, carefully crafted tactile buildings that successfully merge with the landscape. The firm's portfolio incorporates a vast array of project types including family retreats, museums, interpretive centers, university buildings, schools, arboretums, and corporate headquarters.

The land where the The Plant is located was once part of the Kuykendall Ranch, originally a 11,500 acre tract of land purchased by Gill Kuykendall in 1902, then known as the Hutchinson Ranch.

The Plant at Kyle, a.k.a the Carraro Residence or the Alamo Cement Plant House, began life in the 1920s as a shed at the Alamo Cement plant in San Antonio, Texas (since re-purposed as the Alamo Quarry Market mall). Henry and Francine Carraro purchased the property in Kyle and started conversations with the newly launched firm of Lake|Flato Architects, led by David Lake and Ted Flato who met working for legendary Texas architect O'Neill Ford's firm Ford Powell & Carson.

Lake and Flato had admired the rugged industrial architecture of the cement plant, and the Carrarros arranged for the purchase, disassembly, moving, and re-assembly of one of the plant's smaller buildings, a 180 ft. long x 40 ft. wide x 30 ft. tall steel-framed building. The architect's configuration of the steel framing consists of three separate sections: an open garage shed, (under which a pool was added by the second owner); a corrugated-covered central "dog-run" pavilion featuring laundry and utility areas, a bath/shower and library (now a bedroom) topped by a master suite in the center; and the longest stretch, a screened patio-porch into which has been built a limestone structure containing kitchen, living and dining rooms under a bedroom and bath. Shortly after the building was finished it started to draw attention for the young firm, attracting local, regional and national AIA awards and publications. The Plant at Kyle and Architect Ted Flato were featured on PBS series, This New House in a feature focused on adaptive reuse.

In recognition of its unique architectural significance and history, the current owners, Dana Friis-Hansen, and Mark Holzbach, purchased the property in July 2007. They are preserving this complex in its original form, creating an educational and historical archive, and making the site available to a broader public through events and rentals, with a portion of the proceeds going towards restoration, conservation, and maintenance.

A one-of-a-kind architectural complex within easy driving distance from Austin and San Antonio

A one-of-a-kind architectural complex located within easy driving distance from Austin or San Antonio

Plan a vacation

Enjoy vacation time relaxing with friends and family at this secluded Hill Country compound surrounded by nature. . .

Host an event

Whether your group is small or large, The Plant is a unique destination venue for weddings, birthdays, retreats, classes or. . .

Take a tour

Private guided tours of the design and history of this award-winning complex are available by appointment . . .

A one-of-a-kind architectural complex located within easy driving distance from Austin or San Antonio

Plan a vacation

Enjoy vacation time relaxing with friends and family at this secluded Hill Country compound surrounded by nature. . .

Host an event

Whether your group is small or large, The Plant is a unique destination venue for weddings, birthdays, retreats, classes or. . .

Take a tour

Private guided tours of the design and history of this award-winning complex are available by appointment . . .


The Plant at Kyle

, aka Carraro Residence, has been featured in many books and articles, a few of which are listed here. Most of these books are available from both new and used booksellers.

Lake|Flato Houses, Embracing the Landscape,
Introduction by William Turnbull,
University of Texas Press, 2014

Lake | Flato: Buildings and Landscapes
edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda,
Rockport Publishers, 2005

Metropolitan Home: American Style
by Dylan Landis,

Clarkson Potter, 1999

The New American House
edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda,

Watson-Guptill, 1995

Geometry in Architecture
by Clovis Heimsath,
UT Press, 2002

Outside Architecture: Outdoor Rooms Designed by Architects
by Susan Zevon,
Rockport Publishers, 1999

Stone Built: Contemporary American Houses
by Lee Goff,

The Monacelli Press, 1997

Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier
by Adam Mornement and Simon Holloway
W.W. Norton, 2007

by Diane Keaton,
Rizzoli, 2012

Urban Country Style
by Nancy Gent and Elizabeth Betts Hickman
Gibbs Smith, 2007

They Slept Upon Their Rifles
by Marshall E. Kuykendall
Nortex Press, Austin, Texas, 2005


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It's exciting

for us to see the "Old House" brimming with new energy.
— Ted Flato, San Antonio, Texas


We want to come back

in the Fall, in the Winter, and in the Spring to see the beautiful settings, the lights, the trees, the grass, the insects, and the animals.
— Buvoli family, USA and Italy


I have only praise

and positive comments about The Plant. The venue is beyond exceptional on its own. In addition, everyone is responsive to every question and need, and a delight to work with. It is a 100% positive experience. Several family members and even one of the vendors want to plan a stay at the place for themselves. I don't have any recommendations that could make the experience any better. It was perfect.
— C.K., host of a wedding at The Plant


It's hard for me to really capture

just how exciting it was for us to stay at The Plant. First, there was something truly special about the AIA plaque at the entry. Kind of gave us a sense of pride being architects. Having the plans available let us "dork out" when we wanted to look up a detail or something.
The house itself was incredibly beautiful. I had never been in a relaxed, vacation atmosphere where no matter where I sat, no matter which direction I looked, there was something that visually captured my interest. Waking up in the upstairs guest bedroom with the views out onto the structure was amazing.
One person in our party had been living in Portland for the last ten years. He was longing to see a Texas thunderstorm roll in and Friday night certainly delivered. There was about six solid hours of lightning and thunder with the biggest downpour smack in the middle. There is no better place than the hill country to watch a storm roll in, and there´s no better place to watch a storm roll in than in that house. That porch truly lets you experience the magnitude of nature and the metal roof amplifies the whole thing. It was an event all of its own.
Thanks again for making this place available. We have every intention of returning and I'm excited to share it with other architect friends.
— Eric Bell, AIA, LEED AP, Dallas, Texas


This place is amazing!

You go down a dirt road and "into the woods" and then The Plant takes your breath away!
— Jim Comer, Austin, Texas


I'm so glad I got to experience this.

Truly a great piece of architecture.
— Anne Kennedy, Austin, Texas


The Plant at Kyle is a superb event venue

set on seventeen Hill-Country acres only 30 miles from Austin (70 miles from San Antonio). The unique complex and grounds have been the site for many memorable gatherings, including weddings, birthday parties, meetings, retreats, classes, and performances. The property can accommodate intimate groups as well as gatherings of up to 300 people.

Our guests plan and organize their own events. While The Plant does not offer event planning or management services, the owners will be happy to provide you with recommendations for independent caterers, rental companies, concierge services, and event organizers upon request.

The Plant is a versatile space for events of all kinds and styles. To give you a sense of the variety of experiences, visit our Facebook or Instagram pages or search the internet for images of "The Plant at Kyle" to see what others have posted to serve as reference and inspiration.

Event amenities include:


Flexible entrance level floor plan — informal or formal events can be easily arranged including standing and/or seated areas.


A well-appointed kitchen — can be used to prepare meals from scratch, or as a caterer staging area.


Three large tables and seating for up to 50 people — provided at no extra charge.


Wireless internet access — the internet service is via satellite and no password required.


Parking space for more than 100 cars is in a field immediately adjacent to the house.


The house has three bathrooms. Portable toilets can be brought in for events involving more than 100 guests.


The entire first floor area is wheel chair accessible.

Event rental pricing is based on type of event, dates, and number of attendees. For information about rates, an estimate, reservations and current availability please email us at, or call Mark Holzbach (512) 689 6777.


How to Contact Us

For all inquiries, including information about rates, reservations and availability please email us at, or call Mark Holzbach (512) 689 6777.

Where to Find The Plant at Kyle

Please Note: The Plant is located on a private road 10 miles outside Kyle, Texas. In an effort to protect the privacy of our guests and neighbors, we intentionally keep the street address of The Plant confidential. The road is posted with no trespassing signs which do not pertain to our guests and their entourage. If you would like to schedule a viewing of The Plant, we'll be happy to arrange one at a mutually convenient time.

If you are holding an event at The Plant, we will provide you with written driving directions for you to send to invited guests and event service providers.

If you are an invited guest or service provider, please ask your event host to give you a copy of the street address and diving directions.

How to book The Plant at Kyle

Vacation rental pricing starts at $750/night (2 night minimum), and is based on season and length of stay. Event rental pricing starts at $1500 (for up to 15 people) is based on type of event, dates, and number of attendees. Midweek and daytime use discounts available.

Availability calendar

Keep Informed about special events at The Plant

From time to time, we post notices about special events like concerts or lectures at the Plant. Please "like" our Facebook page if you would like to stay informed about these events.

Thank you to the photographers who’s work appears on this website:

Chris Archer
Robert Currie
Sarah Gross
Hester + Hardaway
Martha Kinscherff
Local Embers
Rino Pizzi
Jacob Termansen
Suzi Q. Varin

Credits for section opener photographs:

Home page, The Plant exterior photo © Rino Pizzi
Plan a vacation page, swimming pool photo © Jacob Termansen
Host an event page, wedding dinner photo © Suzi Q. Varin
Take an architectural tour page, exterior detail photo © Rino PIzzi
Activities page, guided nature walk photo © Martha Kinscherff
Reviews page, flowers and fruit photo © JacobTermansen
Reservations page, access road in winter photo © Hester + Hardaway


Gather with family, friends or colleagues

at this limestone and steel architectural landmark on 17 Hill Country acres just 30 miles from downtown Austin. With dramatic and varied spaces perfect for entertaining, this is a truly unique getaway setting for a for a weekend, a week, or more. Relax in "the world's largest screened-in porch," take a dip in the covered outdoor pool, read a book on one of several shaded patios, or on a hammock hanging in a grove of trees.

The tastefully furnished, 3-bedroom home sleeps up to ten in king or queen-sized beds and two bunk beds. The focus here is on year-round indoor/outdoor living perfected in classic Texas ranch houses. . A minimum two night stay is required.

Information about rates, reservations and current availability is constantly updated and available at HomeAway, our vacation home rental management website, or email us at

Amenities for our overnight guests include:

A fully equipped kitchen (for cooking and serving)
Dining tables and chairs (for up to 24)
Linens provided for all bedrooms and bathrooms
Two full baths, one half bath
Washer / dryer
Central heat and air conditioning
Wireless internet access
Radio/CD/DVD player
Magazines of local interest
Books, nature field guides, star charts
Acres of woods, a dry creekbed, and prairie to explore
Ample parking adjacent to house

1. Living room with inglenook fireplace
2. Dining room, seats eight people
3. Kitchen, fully equipped with dishes, glassware, and cook ware
4. Two-story tall screened patio
5. Bathroom with shower
6. Laundry room
7. Bedroom (two queen-size beds)
8. Open sitting area
9. Bedroom (one queen-size bed)
10. Bathroom with shower and tub
11. Bedroom (one king-size bed, and two bunk beds)
12. Bathroom with shower and tub