Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
The church first built on the east side of Travis Avenue in 1913. By 1921, the congregation had outgrown their wood building and they constructed their first brick sanctuary on the northeast corner of Travis Avenue and W. Berry Street. Unfortunately, only the partial basement level was completed that year. The building was completed with a full sanctuary in 1925. Later additions were made to the complex by expanding to the north in 1937 and 1952. By 1957, the church had outgrown their facilities again, and construction began on a Georgian Revival sanctuary across Travis Avenue. It opened in 1959 and was designed by Preston M. Geren. It was constructed by Childs Construction Co. The sanctuary features red brick with white cast stone trim. The entrance on Berry Street is marked by a large pedimented portico and a bell tower with a steeple. The steeple is illuminated at night. The church is also the tallest structure in the area and the steeple can be seen from many parts of Fort Worth's South Side. Only the 1952 building on the east side of Travis Avenue remains as an education building. The 1921-25 and 1937 buildings were demolished in 2021. The church has also expanded to include property on Hemphill Street. Across Berry, the church purchased an old Safeway store in 1987 converted that building into an education annex. However, with the expansion of its main campus in the early 2000s, the church sold this property to Walmart for a Neighborhood Market in 2012.
Preston M. Geren Associates, Fort Worth
Childs Construction Co.