Historic Homes Tour Spotlight: Capitol Roll Arena

Daniel Gay opened the Capitol Roll Arena at 812 Brentwood Road across from the Violet Crown Shopping Center in 1954. In its heyday the roller skating rink hosted skating pageants, contests, and parties, as well as fundraisers for the Humane Society, March of Dimes, and Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was popular with North Austin children and adults for decades and proved an interesting target for crime; one thief robbed Capitol Roll of twenty-four ice cream sandwiches and ten bags of chips, but failed in his attempt to steal change from the pinball machines. Another incident involved six teenagers who led police on an 80 mph car chase from the rink to Hyde Park. The loot? Two suitcases full of candy and cigarettes. Today, the former Capitol Roll houses an auto body shop.

We'll reveal another sneak peak from this year's 2016 Historic Homes Tour program every Friday before the event on April 30. Tickets are on sale now, so don't wait! We're featuring eight gorgeous homes, tours of the Wall of Welcome, neighborhood histories and more.

Note: Capitol Roll Arena is not an official stop on this year's tour! If you check it out, please do so from a distance and be respectful of its owners.

Scene from the 1961 "Roll Arena Vanities" roller revue, and a puppy in a skate used to promote a Capitol Roll Humane Society fundraiser: