Historic Fort Worth Church gears up for new life as a mixed-income housing community

A ribbon cutting on December 16 will bring new life to a historic century-old church in Fort Worth.

Saigebrook Development and Accolade Property Management announced on December 10 the official unveiling of Cielo Place at 3111 Race St.

This mixed-income housing community in central Fort Worth will breathe new life into the historic Riverside Baptist Church, originally designed and built by architects Easterwood and Easterwood in 1924 and expanded in 1951 and 1958.

Over the decades, the building has played a vital role in the community. The latest iteration, Cielo Place, is a residential community made up of over 90 units and fully furnished lodge spaces that include a community hall, business center, rental offices, fitness center, cyber -living room and outdoor spaces including a playground, community pocket parks, gathering spaces and bicycle parking. Cielo Place’s official opening and dedication ceremony will take place on December 16 at 10 a.m. in the renovated shrine and will include remarks from Texas State Representative Ramon Romero, District 9 City Council Member Elizabeth M Beck, the investor partners and the project management.

Saigebrook Development and consultant, O-SDA Industries, said they have worked hard to maintain the historic significance of the building. The last church service was held on Christmas Eve 2018 and the building received historic designation through the National Register of Historic Places at the end of 2020.

“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. “A lot of hard work and care went into the development plan and it presented a variety of learning opportunities for our team. By stripping away layers of this building – meticulously preserving and restoring the woodwork, stained glass, light fixtures and structural components – we have also removed layers of history and learned a lot about the history of this church and the city. community that has met here over the years. It is an honor for us to continue the legacy of this community and to build a new mixed income community where 91 families can call Riverside Baptist Church home.

Cielo Place will consist of 91 units in total with a mix of studios (550 square feet); one bedroom, one bathroom (650 square feet); two bedrooms, two bathrooms (850 square feet); and options of three bedrooms and two bathrooms (1050 square feet). Saigebrook Development engaged Miller-Slayton Architects and interior design firm Ink & Oro to preserve and maintain the integrity of the stunning historic architecture and design and infuse it with modern amenities.

Design elements preserved include the original stained glass windows of the church, even inside the residential units, light fixtures, class numbers and the exterior facade.

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. Cielo Place will make the clubhouse available for neighborhood demands and needs – continuing to invite neighbors into the space. Accolade Property Management pre-let 100% of the building in about 60 days.

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