Like the fabled Tower of Babel, Houston’s newest megachurch knocked down one of the city’s more recognizable pieces of architecture over the weekend.
Demolition crews were spotted tearing down the Shadowdale grain elevators near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 recently, according to Reddit user u/astrosdude91. The site will be transformed into Hope City Silos, a campus of the non-denominational Hope City Church which currently operates several small campuses around Houston.
One of the two structures will be spared and used as a “branding opportunity” for the church. I can only imagine the daily dose of religious inspiration in store.
Church donors spent nearly $20 million acquiring the silos and the 17-acre site located at 1140 Lumpkin Street. That doesn’t include the cost to build the campus itself.
The new campus is in part being developed by Big Vision Advisors’ Duncan Dodds, who also helped transform the Compaq Center into Lakewood Church in the mid-2000s, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Nancy Sarnoff. Click to read more at www.chron.com.