Mod Christian Science Church Now Being Converted To Steeple-Themed Nightclub Downtown

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002A dumpster was spotted last week loitering around the Travis St. entrance of the Mod-ish Brutal-ish teal-ish former Christian Science church downtown, which, per the language on a building permit issued this month, is now being converted into a nightclub. The name listed on the permit (Club Spire) marks something of a shift in the tone previously set by the new owners this spring, when the group connected to Clé bar sought a TABC permit for the building under the name 1720 Main Reception Hall.

A curious reader sends the Friday afternoon shot above, along with an inquiry as to the fate of any interior furnishings and materials to be stripped away (the outside being fairly naked already, save for the gold-and-blue soon-to-be-eponymous spire). Here’s a last look from inside, around, and on top of the church’s sanctuary and courtyard as it was just prior to the finalization of the sale this spring — the elongated diamond-slash-triangle motif that covers the area behind the altar is carried through much of the rest of the building, from the stained-glass windows to the furniture: 

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First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

The panel at the front of the altar reflects the pattern behind it:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

So do some of the narrow stained glass windows:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

Some of the interior stained-glass has been passed along to other churches, including this round ceiling piece:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

Here’s the hole that panel came out of, near one of the Main St. entrances:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

The diamond motif shows up in some of the altar furniture:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

The altar chairs’ shape, in turn, echoes the pitch of the building’s roof:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

The spire itself is composed of the same triangle shapes; a close up of the tilework at the base shows that it matches the tile in the interior courtyard:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

More diamonds in the gate toward Main St., as well as the relief in the courtyard floor and the sidewalk:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1720 Main St., Downtown, Houston, TX 77002

Photos: Swamplot inbox

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