Heights Christian Church, which is selling its longtime property and merging with a congregation in another part of Houston, is hosting a community celebration and open house to coincide with its final weekend of ministry on Heights Boulevard.
The event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at 1701 Heights Blvd. Reverend Amber Mattingly said the purpose of the meeting was “so that our realtor can share our hopes for a potential buyer and our board can share the story and next steps” for the church.
The Heights Christian Church, which was founded in 1912, plans to hold its last Sunday service on May 15.
Mattingly previously said dwindling membership and financial resources prompted church leaders to vote in early February to merge with First Christian Church, which operates across from Rice University at 1601 Sunset Blvd. She said the decision was also made to sell the 42,600-square-foot property on Heights Boulevard, which includes educational buildings as well as Lambert Hall, a 95-year-old performing arts hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places. .
The property was put up for sale in late March for $5 million. Listing agent representing Heights Christian Church, Amanda Anhorn, said at the time that church leaders hoped to find a community-minded buyer who would use the property for similar purposes and perhaps retain its existing tenants, including Opera in the Heights, an art studio and a dance studio.
Buildings on church property cannot be demolished, Anhorn said, because they are located in the city-designated Heights East Historic District. Any alterations to the exterior of the church or educational buildings must first be approved by the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, while the interior of structures is not protected by historic preservation rules and could be renovated and refurbished.