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Houston, Texas: Public Park in Burned-Out Church

Bethel Baptist Church was gutted by fire in 2005 and is now Bethel Church Park, with astroturf grass inside its still-standing walls.

801 Andrews St., Houston, TX
Just west of downtown. On the west side of Crosby St. between Andrews and Ruthven Sts.
Uncertain; best to call ahead. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Public Park in Burned-Out Church

The structure is pretty cool to view from the outside, but it gates were padlocked when we arrived at 4:30 PM in January 2024, so we couldn't actually enter.

[Loch Nest Farm, 01/24/2024]

Unfortunately, Houston Parks has never been forthcoming about when exactly the church interior is open to the public.

Church entrance facade.

Bethel Church Park

A public park has been built into the burned-out structure of a historic church.

[Veronica Triplett, 07/13/2016]

Bethel Baptist Church, built in 1891, was gutted by a 2005 fire. Everything inside the walls was cleaned out, then opened as a park in 2013. The park "grass" inside the now-roofless church is actually astroturf.

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