ST. MARK’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HOUSTON
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is a historic church in the Heights neighborhood in Houston, TX. A devastating 2019 fire damaged a portion of the ‘1939’ building and MHP was tasked with its restoration and renovation. The south classroom wing, where the fire originated, had to be completely replaced with new construction because the damage was so severe. Other areas in the church required extensive restoration or replacement. All this work was done with such care that the building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This difficult restoration was led by Bellows Construction as General Contractor. They brought their skill and experience with similar projects to the challenge of reconstructing the classroom wing directly on a pre-existing geologic fault. The church also elected to reconfigure and renovate much of the interior of the building to better serve their various ministry needs. The building now provides clearer and more gracious flow, and offers additional space for reception and gathering. Offices were relocated for better access; and the classrooms, the fellowship hall, and the kitchen were fully renovated. The courtyard can now be enjoyed for outdoor functions and fellowship because the HVAC system was relocated to a new roof well, where it is concealed. The beauty of the American Gothic design has been recaptured on the exterior. Many windows were replaced and the ashlar limestone walls were expertly repointed and cleaned. Windows that had been bricked-in over the years were opened, restoring natural light to the lower level. The buildings, once again, are now able to serve the needs of the congregation of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.