Iconic Fort Worth Church is now home to families in the city center

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Saigebrook Development and Accolade Property Management announced the official unveiling of Cielo Place on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The occasion will take place in the renovated sanctuary of the former Riverside Baptist Church, now redesigned and rejuvenated into a mixed-income housing community at 3111 Race Street in Fort Worth.

Texas State Representative Ramon Romero, District 9 City Council Member Elizabeth M. Beck, Investing Partners and Project Management will deliver remarks.

Riverside Baptist Church was originally designed and built by architects Easterwood and Easterwood in 1924 and expanded in 1951 and 1958. In 2020, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cielo Place will consist of 91 units in total with a mix of studios; one bedroom, one bathroom; two bedroom, two bath, and three bedroom and two bath options.

Miller-Slayton Architects and interior design firm Ink & Oro have been tasked with preserving and maintaining the integrity of historic architecture and design while infusing them with modern amenities.

Many small, intentional elements have been kept and restored throughout the building to return to its original purpose and design.

“Cielo Place has provided a unique opportunity to preserve history while creating new opportunities for the community,” said Lisa Stephens, Owner and President of Saigebrook Development. By removing layers from this building – carefully preserving and restoring the woodwork, stained glass, light fixtures and structural components – we have also removed layers of history and learned so much about the history of this church and the community. who have met here over the years.

As a centerpiece of the community’s common space, several rows of pews from the original shrine, the original altar and baptism, and the stained glass window behind it are intact.

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