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1720 Main Street in the Skyline District of Downtown Houston. 

This is the site of the First Church of Christ Scientist.


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1720 Main St is on the market, according to City of Houston Sr. City Planner Christopher Andrews. He noticed the lot up for sale on Twitter:


This seems like a bargain in Downtown Houston. Could it be a space for a new park?
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The listings  City of Houston Sr. City Planner Christopher Andrews is referring to is this one on HAR.com for the First Church of Christ Scientist in downtown Houston.
 

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Originally posted by adr, January 7, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

ah man.  I really like this building.  Maybe I have got the wrong place in mind, but from the right angels this is a great looking and preservation-worthy place.  

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Originally posted by Subdue, January 7, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


 

7 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

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Originally posted by adr, January 7, 2017 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

ah man.  I really like this building.  Maybe I have got the wrong place in mind, but from the right angels this is a great looking and preservation-worthy place.  

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This is without a doubt one of, if not the best, examples of Googie architecture in Houston.  It is so unique - I just hope any redevelopment would retain as much as possible of the existing structure.  Of course, this is Houston so I know where that argument would lead.


 

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Originally posted by Urbannizer, January 20, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


 

Sale pending
 

 

Golden Spired 1960s Mod Awaits Sale Closure and Fate Downtown

 

NOW PENDING: THE sale of the First Church of Christ the Scientist at 1720 Main St., north of Jefferson St. The 1961 structure, designed by Texas architect Milton Foy Martin,was listed for $2.25 million; the listing caught the attention of the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects, who had hoped to buy the building and move into it.

The organization made an offer, and even got Mayor Annise Parker to write a letter to the Church’s congregation in early December — Parker’s letter asked the Church to consider selling the building to AIA for the sake of historical preservation, citing fears that “any other purchaser would tear the building down.”

 

AIA was apparently outbid, however, by a cash buyer asking for no due diligence period. The sale is currently listed as pending on HAR. 
 

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Originally posted by Houston19514, January 21, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


Very cool building. Would have been awesome for the AIA to have gotten it and moved in there.
 

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Originally posted by DrLan34, January 22, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 


From Swamplot:

TAKE IN THIS nice long view of the gleaming spire atop the part-Modernist-part-Brutalist-part-Islamic-part-1960s-science-fiction sanctuary of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, which was listed on HAR and now seems to be circling in on a finalized deal.  The church received a large number of offers on the property despite a short bid period, and the Houston AIA chapter’s hopes to buy the building as its new headquarters were dashed over the weekend.

http://swamplot.com/a-closeup-of-that-downtown-sci-fi-christian-science-church-the-aia-tried-to-buy/2016-01-22/




 

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Originally posted by me, February 24 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


From city planner Carson Lucarelli's Twitter feed this morning:


Signage removed from First Church-Christ Scientist Reading room on Main @ Jefferson TABC permit is in the window.

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Originally posted by Texasota, February 24 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

 

It will be used rather than torn down. That's what matters most here. What exactly would AIA have really done with it anyway? Sure, the new owner could do significant damage to the building, but they could also use it in such a way that reuses it while also actually making it available to more people. Let's wait and see what's actually planned; in the meantime, this building, against all odds, might actually stay standing.

 

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Originally posted by mollusk, February 24 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

It's likely that more people will visit some place to relax and have an adult beverage than would go wandering around AIA offices.

 

It's an ironic use, though, considering that devout Christian Scientists don't drink.


 

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Originally posted by me, February 27 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

You're all right but are we 100% for sure this is remaining in tact? Has any one reported more on
 

I did some online sleuthing and found out who's moving into the First Church of Christ Scientist building. The owners of Clé in Midtown (2301 Main) are opening a club here. The TABC notice lists 1702 Main LTD, an entity established last month by Houston MS Management LLC. Other shell companies associated with Houston MS Management are Cle' Parking, LLC, a shell company for Club 2301 (Clé) and Sd Nightlife Investments, LLC, both listing Clé co-owner Salim Dehkordi.

 

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Originally posted by astros148, February 27 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.
 

Zack is the main owner of Cle, hes owned Richs, Bar rio, Avenue on washington, and owns a bunch of nightclubs in Austin. He is actually a friend of my and I'm going to try to get more info tonight. Theres almost 6 owners in Cle, huge group

 

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Originally posted by astros148, February 27 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

they are converting this into a live music venue for edm music. It is going to be a much better version of stereo live. They are in talks with live nation to secure exclusive labels and they plan on pumping alot of money on this making this badboy one of a kind in Houston. They will keeping the structure as it is now.

 

This is awesome news for downtown! These guys know their shit!!

 

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Originally posted by astros148, February 29 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

They use to own bar rio back in the day, hes opened the best nightclub in houston in terms of Cle. These guys know what they're doing and from what I know so far this is suppose to be their prize jewel. I will get more concept details in the coming days to share

 

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Originally posted by Texasota, February 29 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

I'm not particularly an EDM fan, but so far I support everything about this. It sounds like a fantastic reuse of the building.

 

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Originally posted by Urbannizer, March 21, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

From Houston Chronicle:

 

A downtown church with a dwindling congregation has sold its urban sanctuary to a group planning to remodel the property as a special events venue.
 

The property at 1720 Main went on the market in January and attracted multiple offers, said the listing broker who sold it for the First Church of Christ Scientist.
 

"We had seven legitimate offers," said Shawn Baksh of Trotwood Realty, who listed the 15,625-square-foot site for $2.25 million.


The church has owned the land since 1908. Its downtown population has declined over the years, but there are other sanctuaries of the same denomination in the Bellaire and Friendswood areas.
 

The 11,000-square-foot building was developed in 1961, replacing an older chapel. It sold for above asking price, Baksh said.

 


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Downtown-church-changes-hands-6926218.php






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The former First Church of Christ Scientist (photo: KevenAlvarado)
 

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Originally posted by Triton, March 25, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

Photo of downtown Houston, April 1963. Shows First Church of Christ Scientist in the background.

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Originally posted by astros148, March 25, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.

 

They are looking at a August opening date. They will be pumping in close to 4 mil'ish and have already secured all the financing needing. The layout and designs look freakingamazing. This will be sooooo much better then House of blues and will be so great for the neighborhood.  You will def be seeing retail following this.

 

Will be trying get renderings soon


 

 

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Originally posted by me, March 26, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.



From Swamplot earlier this month:


TABC Permit in the Works for the Brutalist Christian Science Church on Main St.

A new gig appears to be on the horizon for the turquoise-and-concrete Christian Science church at 1720 Main St. A notice announcing an application for a TABC license for the spot is up at the site; the license is being sought by an entity under the name of 1720 Main Reception Hall. Attached to that name, in the public notice for the application, is another: Salim Dehkordi (of nightclub Clé Bar down the road at 2301 Main) is listed as president, secretary, and treasurer.


http://swamplot.com/tabc-permit-in-the-works-for-the-brutalist-christian-science-church-on-main-st/2016-03-01/





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Originally posted by me, March 26, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.



More on this from Houston Chronicle's subscription site:

 

Preservation in store for architecturally significant downtown church

A midcentury church on the southern end of downtown has changed hands and its new owners say they plan to preserve it, potentially turning it into an entertainment or special events venue.
 

The 1961 building at 1720 Main was until recently the home of the downtown congregation of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, a Christian denomination with other sanctuaries in the Houston area. The congregation had dwindled over the years, and the property was put on the market in January.

 

"We fell in love with the building and the architecture, and we want to protect that and leave it in place," said Andrew Estes, a partner in the group that recently purchased the 11,000-square-foot building, which sits on about a third of an acre.
 

Estes said he and his partners have been working on a concept for the space but have not finalized a plan. (details about it on HAIF here and here)





Details on other interested parties:

 

The urban sanctuary attracted multiple bidders who came to the table with various proposals, including ones for a hotel and a residential building, said the church's broker, Shawn Baksh of Trotwood Realty.
 

"We had seven legitimate offers," said Baksh, who listed the 15,625-sq ft. site for $2.25 million.
 

AIA Houston, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, put a bid on the property after identifying the building as a potential new home for Architecture Center Houston, which houses the offices of AIA and the Houston Architecture Foundation, a gallery for rotating architecture-related exhibits.
 

The group's bid included a letter from then-mayor Annise Parker and another from former AIA Houston leader Barrie Scardino Bradley encouraging the church to seriously consider the architecture group's offer.
 

"It talked about who we are and that we'd be great stewards for the building," executive director Rusty Bienvenue said.
 

The bid was presented in English and Spanish because of the bilingual nature of the congregation.
 

After later increasing the amount of its offer, AIA Houston was outbid.
 

"We got a call back saying they went with a cash bidder that didn't need a due diligence period and could close in 30 days," Bienvenue said, adding that his group has since found another building nearby for its new home.
 

It sold for above asking price, Baksh said.



 

Other interesting facts from the article about this structure:
 

  • The church had owned the land since 1908. The building was put up in 1961, replacing an older chapel.

  • The structure was designed by Texas architect Milton Foy Martin and is a good representation of midcentury-modern architecture, which is "the hot thing right now," Bienvenue said.


 

 

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Originally posted by me, April 1, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


The new venue has a name: Spire or Spire Houston (1720 Main St), a tribute to the geometric gold spire atop of the building.

A domain was purchased last week for http://spirehouston.com

 

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Originally posted by Urbannizer, July 20, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.



Work is now underway.


From Swamplot:

 

A 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).
 


More: http://swamplot.com/mod-christian-science-church-now-being-converted-to-steeple-themed-nightclub-downtown/2016-07-19/

 

 

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Originally posted by astros148, July 24, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


work has been underway for a good couple months, they are in the process of removing all the insides. ETA will be november'ish. This will be more of a live entertainment venue then a nightclub.
 

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Originally posted by me, November 19, 2016 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.



Spire, the new club from the Cle group, expects to open before the end of 2016. An update from Facebook yesterday:

" SPIRE - Midtown's newest club sensation, opening late 2016! Major headliner announcements coming soon"


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Originally posted by me, January 13, 2017 in the previous thread for First Church of Christ Scientist @ 1720 Main St.


 

 

Spire nightclub is opening Sunday at 1720 Main.

Some pictures from Facebook:


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