Summer street studio shuffle
David Adickes' studio to become church: Hipsters sing Hallelujah?
A preliminary agreement is in place for artist David Adickes' Summer Street studio to be sold and converted into a church, CultureMap has learned.
"There is a letter of intent for now, and we hopefully will put the contract in to the title company by the end of the week," Adickes told CultureMap in an exclusive interview. "It will be between four and five months before anything closes."
The property — home to Adickes' SculpturWorx, where his ironic presidential busts are constructed — has been for sale for one year. Adickes is also the property's landlord. A contract had been drawn with a different prospective buyer, which was later dropped. Under the current provisions, Addickes' studio will be vacated and converted into a worship space. The rest of the property will remain home to smaller-scale tenants like Black Swan Screenprinting and wacdesignstudio.
"I'm trying to retire from the large sculpture business, and focusing on painting in my old high school in Huntsville," the artist says. (Adickes acquired his former school's building in Huntsville a few years ago, which he uses as a painting studio.)
Adickes described the potential buyer, Ecclesia Church, as a "rapidly expanding" non-demoninational organization currently located on Taft Street and "eager to move to an expanded space." The church also operates the Ecclesia Arts Center, which includes a cafe, recording studio, art gallery, music venue, bookstore, theater, and office for creatives. Ecclesia describes itself as "a Holistic Missional Community called out to serve Jesus, our Liberating King. We proclaim the good news of his Kingdom with words and actions in the City of Houston and across the globe."
Appealing to an alternative Montrose crowd, the church has been described on Yelp as "the place to be and be seen" for the "hip Christian" set. Piercings and tube tops may make appearances at services, but the congregation is also lauded for its charismatic leaders, brothers Chris and Robbie Seay.
The real estate swap is still in its provisionary stages, but given Adickes' Huntsville dreams, we can expect those regal heads to head out sometime soon.