Construction fencing has already gone up around the Central Presbyterian Church at 3788 Richmond near Greenway Plaza, a reader reports. The Modern church campus was designed in 1962 by Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson — just a few years before the same local architecture firm set to work on a small project called the Astrodome. Two years ago the congregation moved a couple miles northwest to merge with the St. Philip Presbyterian Church, just outside the Loop on San Felipe. Houston Mod fans have been trying to save the vacant church from demolition ever since.
But the church buildings won’t be sticking around for long.
The Morgan Group recently closed on the 4.5 acre property, and now plans to demolish the church and begin construction on a 341-unit, 4-story apartment complex on the site, which is adjacent to the planned Cummins stop on Metro’s long-delayed University Line. That’s also almost across the street from another Morgan Group project, which went up a few years ago behind the Costco on the site of the former HISD headquarters — another big Mod box.
Designed by Houston’s Wallace Garcia Wilson Architects, the new apartments will look something like this when they open sometime at the end of next year:
A view of the church campus in better days:
- Luxury apartments will replace church [Houston Chronicle]
- Central Presbyterian Church Houston [Houston Mod]
- Central Presbyterian Church has united with St. Philip Presbyterian Church!! [Central Presbyterian Church]