Church – Bartlett, TX – (Fire)

Added to OHD on 10/25/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   21 Comments
Lost or Demolished

504 Jackson, Bartlett, TX

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What an amazing opportunity to restore a piece of history and give back to a small community. This Church has the bones and the character to thrive once again. Bring your imagination and don't miss out on this! With the church sitting on a corner lot, there is also plenty of room in front and behind the church for several parking spots. Calling all investors, dreamers and sound-like people to this charming country church. Certain pictures are to show potential from when church was in working order.
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Hylie Mihatsch, ReMax
(254) 913-7303

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21 Comments on Church – Bartlett, TX – (Fire)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Audrey for sharing!

    Finding info on this one was difficult. I hope Audrey will be by soon to tell us more what she knows. 🙂

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  2. Michael Mackin says: 2396 comments

    The shape and design of the church is picturesque. That said, there isn’t much else going for this. This is going to need everything! Not sure how the numbers could even come close to working. Still, it is a unique piece of architecture and it would be nice to see it saved!

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  3. rodeolthrrodeolthr says: 50 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I believe John S. has several pictures of this church as well as the town from one of his architectural journeys.
    Kevin

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  4. MW says: 878 comments

    Wow, when were the before pictures taken, the 1980’s? It’s in a pretty sad state right now.

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    • AudreyAudrey says: 107 comments

      I’m not sure how old the before photos are, but it was used as recently as the early 2000s for events.
      Sad how quickly time and neglect takes its toll on an unloved structure.

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  5. AudreyAudrey says: 107 comments

    The beauty of this church is unrivaled. Unfortunately, it was caught in an unfortunate situation where the congregation disbanded and the Church languished. With no real owner, the Secretary of the former First Christian Church took possession, whether legally or not, and was using it for events. Her heirs later tried to sell the structure, no land (because it would never pass title since they don’t own it). Luckily, I was in the right place at the right time to learn of the plan to demo the structure and long story short, the demo permit was revoked. At this time the curved pews were taken. The church was later sold for back taxes as the heirs stopped paying them. Now, that owner is selling it.
    I did a lot of research on it but the exact year escapes me. Here’s an album of my photos from 2013. I truly hope to see this structure saved, it’s loss to the community would be immense.
    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AspJQTSSJFVogx4weNl10HEh_nW6

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    • MazamaGrammy says: 358 comments

      Thanks for the explanation. So sad to see how much it deteriorated. So many small congregations dying out and leaving behind unwanted beautiful structures. I think of how much the original congregants must have sacrificed to be able to afford these church buildings. And now nobody cares.

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  6. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1026 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    It troubles me to see so many churches no longer in use. That said, this is lovely, even with all the work to be done.

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  7. JRichardJRichard says: 213 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    The sanctuary seems to be an example of the so-called Akron plan: altar in one corner with pews in concentric quarter-circles radiating outward from it. Do I have that right? It’s hard to see a church allowed to go downhill like this, even for an atheist like me, when I think of the joy and grief, the hopes and prayers that mustered here.

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  8. Elliott says: 33 comments

    Such awesome architecture!! I wish there was National/Local funding to help restore these structures. It’s impossible for most of us to keep up the maintenance privately. Imagine the great jobs and skills people could have w/ a restoration program. I hope my 18th c. home survives. It’s not a lack of love, it’s the bottom line vs. history in my opinion.

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  9. Sandy B says: 703 comments

    How sad it was let go. I was recently on Prince Edward Island and saw numerous similar white country churches. They were all in beautiful condition, even though apparently not all still used for for worship. It takes a community to care and put forth the effort to save these wonderful buildings or it’s demolition by neglect. I hope putting it on this site makes a difference.

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  10. Brad says: 13 comments

    What a beauty! So sad for it to be in such rough shape. I noticed there were a couple other houses down the street hiding in the woods (barely visible)… but otherwise seems like a nice little town. And just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Austin…it’s not in a bad spot.

  11. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Not much that I can add to what Audrey and others have already said. I was frankly surprised to see it still standing given it was going to be salvaged piecemeal and incorporated into an Austin area beer garden. I now put this former church into the labor of love category. It once meant so much to the community of Bartlett (itself an amazingly well preserved turn of the last century town that has been in several movies because of its historical integrity) but there hasn’t been enough investment locally for the full historic potential of the place to be realized. The very old (patterned?) wood shingle roof is clearly failing so action to stop damages from the elements needs to happen ASAP. I think the former church could be repurposed in a way that would retain its connections to the past. It would not surprise me to also learn that this Church was a mail order plan. Even George F. Barber advertised plans for Churches in popular magazines although I wouldn’t begin to know where to look for this particular design. I’m praying and keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

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  12. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m actually crying now. According to this article the church caught fire when the home next door did. It says it was “lost” so I assume that means the church as well.

    http://www.tdtnews.com/news/central_texas_news/article_08e13984-d349-11e9-85e4-b77acdc53357.html

    https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/fire-destroys-recently-restored-wilco-church

    Street view to mirror the news article: https://goo.gl/maps/xsNtUew3AeLLpqNY9

    • Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 1533 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1980/2010 board & batten modern

      What a sad, sad story. To see pictures of that building and then to see it helpless and lost. I feel for the firefighters and that community. How many memories must have been in that church.

    • JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Sad, and the fact it was “newly restored” after being in pretty bad shape makes it even more so. God Bless those who tried to save it.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 898 comments
        Admin

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        If my memory is correct this was the church that may have been demolished if not for the current owner buying it. It just sucks, this one was saved! Damn fire.

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  13. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5363 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Since I’ve seen this fine Church in person, I too am deeply saddened. Irreplaceable doesn’t begin to describe this community landmark because the collective memory of the community it served went up in smoke as well. I had always believed this church design was from a planbook or other published source.

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  14. AudreyAudrey says: 107 comments

    Yes Kelly, it’s devastating.
    I heard of the fire from the owner, shortly after. She is brokenhearted. I have thought of little else since Sunday. I literally am not able sleep for thinking of it.
    I had visited the church in June and it was majestic and breathtaking. Truly a unique structure that she had worked a miracle on. Few would’ve agreed it was savable, but she put her heart & soul, and blood, sweat and tears into it. She inspired a town and they will not forget.
    It is tragic, and I feel at a loss to make sense of it all. The church was almost quietly destroyed in 2013 with not one peep. Dismantled and carted off for salvage. I was hell bent that that COULD NOT happen and succeeded in stopping it and saving it! Then after a few rocky years of uncertainty, it was to be sold! I sent it you, and lo and behold, on a historic home renovation group were both members on on fb, a woman posted your link and said that she was so excited to be looking at it! I was thrilled to connect with her. She visited, fell in love and offered on it immediately. There were more bumps with the title, but the deed research I did in 2013 proved useful as she sent it to them and she cleared title! All was wonderful! The church would be safe!

    Now all is lost. I hurt for her and for the town.

    I hadn’t seen your articles. Thanks for posting.

    I can share restored photos with her blessing. I also took a video.

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