The owners of the Park Place Baptist Church building and campus just south of the Gulf Fwy. at 4101 Broadway St. have put the 8.694-acre property up for sale, with a list price of $3.9 million. The building, which also serves as a sixties-mod landmark at the freeway exit for mod-home bastion Glenbrook Valley (not to mention Hobby Airport), has been home to the church since the building was completed. But the congregation no longer owns the facility. In 2002, the property was deeded to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is based in Dallas. The campus currently serves as the Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies.
The campus consists of a sanctuary that seats 2,200 people and an array of connected structures grouped around a central courtyard — 94,435 sq. ft. in all. The parking lot, which stretches toward the banks of Sims Bayou on the property’s southern flank, has 255 spaces. The church’s signature feature is the long, thin-shell folded-concrete canopy over the walkway that stretches from the parking lot to the sanctuary (see photo at top).
The complex’s architects were Ben F. Greenwood with E. Gene Hines; it was completed in 1961. The property was listed for sale with Caldwell Companies last month.
- 4105 Broadway St. [CommGate]
- Park Place Baptist to give away campus [Houston Chronicle]
- About the Houston Campus [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]