Construction Update: First Baptist Church

This week’s update is brought to you by Nicole Pearce, a graduate student at UNT.

The Dallas Demolition Company has cleared out all of the debris created by razing a large parking garage along North Saint Paul Street, across the way from the First Baptist Dallas’ main campus. Now, the company works to dispose of rubble from a building imploded more than 15 years ago.

The Mary C. and Truett buildings have to be dismantled by hand to avoid disturbing the church's sanctuary.
The Mary C. and Truett buildings have to be dismantled by hand to avoid disturbing the church's sanctuary.

In the summer of 1994, Olshan Demolishing Company leveled the Dallas Cotton Exchange Building–but when the building was dropped, the structural scraps were left behind and piled in the hole created by the implosion. The refuse remained in place, and the parking garage was eventually laid over the top.
The crew is also completing the demolition of four enormous edifices, including the Mary C. and Truett buildings, both of which must be dismantled by hand due to their proximity to the church’s sanctuary.
Once completed, Manhattan Construction Company will move in to begin construction, which is slated to begin in late February. The company will be implementing the design created by Dallas-based architecture firm, The Beck Group. –Nicole Pearce

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