Changing Houston

With the tear down of historic temples complete, a new shopping center is rising in The Heights

After tear down of historic temple, a shopping center rises in Heights

20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013
In with the new . . . A Houston developer will replace a pair of aging Heights buildings with a one-story brick retail center. Rendering courtesy of Braun Enterprises & Tipps Architecture Inc.
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013 THIS WITHOUT WHITE SPACE
The shopping strip will hug the corner of Rutland and 20th, making room for ample parking in the back. Rendering courtesy of Braun Enterprises & Tipps Architecture Inc.
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013
Initial rendering of the building show space for five restaurants and shops. Rendering courtesy of Braun Enterprises & Tipps Architecture Inc.
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013
Rendering courtesy of Braun Enterprises & Tipps Architecture Inc.
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013 THIS WITHOUT WHITE SPACE
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013
20th and Rutland street renderings for retail center replacing Heights Baptist Temple Church buildings October 2013

Renderings of a new Heights shopping center have surfaced, giving area residents a taste of what's to come at the bustling corner of 20th and Rutland.

With two vintage buildings once owned by the Heights Baptist Temple Church now nothing but a memory, Houston developer Braun Enterprises will build a one-story brick retail strip close to Rutland, allowing for plenty of parking in the back.

Broad storefront windows and a bit of decorative overhang across the sidewalks are designed to tap into the neighborhood's steady foot traffic, Braun president Dan Braun tells The Leader. Judging from the renderings, there will be room for up to five small-sized restaurants and stores.

Braun Enterprises — which owns office and properties throughout the Inner Loop — has earned the affection of architecture preservationist for its recent restoration of the iconic Harold's building on 19th Street, a project that houses Torchy's Tacos and the upcoming Heights General Store after some 26 months of constant construction.

Filled with asbestos and lacking proper roofs, the aging Baptist Temple buildings were beyond repair. 

Filled with asbestos and lacking proper roofs, the aging Baptist Temple buildings were beyond repair, Braun insists. And the company wasn't up for another project that took as long as the Harold's conversion.

“We’re not in the business of spending two years on a project,” Braun says, while noting that the Harold's rehab was a “hard, fun and exciting” project of which the company is extremely proud.

Meanwhile, the Baptist Temple Church will use the money from property sale to fund its own 1960s mod chapel, which faces 20th Street adjacent to its former buildings.