It could house a Texas art museum
Plan proposed to save historic Heights church
A historic 1932 church in the Heights is facing demolition this summer unless a plan for renovation is worked out.
Gus Kopriva, a structural engineer who owns Redbud Gallery on 11th street and oversaw the renovation of the Heights Theater on 19th street, is petitioning the governing body of Immanuel Lutheran Church today to turn the vacant structure into a Texas art museum.
The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been vacant since the 1980s.
Kopriva argues that the church's estimated cost of renovation —$600,000 in 2001—is much too high and says basic repairs would cost much less. He is backed by the Houston Heights Association and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance.
If the church doesn't grant Kopriva a long-term lease, it will be torn down next summer at a cost of around $60,000.