Wedding marks first event at historic PumpHouse restaurant
Oct. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
Cindy (Whisenant) Pedone began a new chapter on her wedding day at the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant.
The new bride can't help but to think about her ties to the place.
"When I think back on my family's ties to the pump house and the history of the facility, this moment of my life seems quite surreal," she said.
The bride's great-grandfather, Jacob Henry Fox Jr., or "Noonie" Fox, was an engineer at the pump house for almost 50 years.
The pump house was the center of Victoria's water system from about 1895 to 1965 and remained in the city's possession until Dennis and Louise Hull Patillo acquired the property March 17, 2010.
The Patillos rehabbed the historic landmark to become a restaurant.
The construction project was a labor of love. The formerly run-down building had no water or gas service. The interior and exterior were painted, and new window panes were installed. The Patillos have added some contemporary flair with the lighting fixtures and decor, but the historic structure remains the soul of the restaurant.
The Pedone-Whisenant wedding was the first event at the venue, which will not be opened to the public until November. The restaurant will serve American cuisine.
Hull Patillo said she's grateful her friends chose the establishment to have their ceremony.
"We'd be happy to attend their wedding anywhere," she said. "It's special that they shared the experience with us."
Dan and Cindy Pedone held the ceremony on the deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Family and friends roared with applause.
During the toast, the groom said, "it's a beautiful venue. ... They did such a great job."
Pedone's son, Anthony Pedone, also showed his appreciation to the hosting family.
"We're so glad to be the first toast and the first wedding at the PumpHouse," he said.