St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Houston
St. Nicholas Catholic Church is the oldest Black Catholic church in Houston, having been founded in 1876. It is currently the home parish for the historical St. Nicholas community, the Houston East African Community, and the Houston Cameroonian Community. St. Nicholas was looking for a way to expand and improve their facilities to accommodate these growing communities and tie them together into one parish family. The current church building, a gorgeous red brick building landmarked by the Texas Historical Commission, dates from 1924 and was in need of repairs. The other buildings on the parish campus had all long exceeded their useful life and were in need of replacement. Our master plan provides for repairing the church exterior, refreshing the interior, and providing for more seating and a renovated sanctuary. It also replaces the current parish hall, education, and administration buildings with a single building integrating these functions while at the same time providing more capacity for both parish activities and for teaching — as well as opening up land for much needed on-site parking.