More on saving Immanuel Lutheran building
Chron columnist Lisa Gray does a great job in today's paper laying out the difficulties in saving the Immanuel Lutheran Church building. (Read Lisa's story here.)
In it, she writes about how the church's older members are reportedly the ones pushing the hardest to destroy the beautiful old structure, which mystifies me to a point. Here's the quote from congregation president Ken Bakenhus:
"The church's voters voted for it to be demolished," he says. "Hardly anybody in the church wants to save it. ... All the older members say, 'Tear it down!' They don't want to see it."
As Lisa goes on to point out, there is a strong historic preservation community in the Heights, all of whom would be willing to help the church find another solution. She mentions Heights preservation architect Bart Truxillo, Houston Heights Association Land Use chair Janice Evans-Davis and Redbud Gallery co-director Gus Kopriva as among those willing to help. But it's the latter that has the true money quote:
"I walk by that beautiful church every morning at 6 a.m.," Kopriva says. "And I think, 'Look, it's just sitting there. It's a shame.' But it would be even more of a shame if it were gone."
Give the piece a read and tell me what you think.
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