Bethel Baptist Church of Houston Texas
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Bethel Baptist Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1889 – The original Bethel Baptist Church is erected.
1900 – The "Great Storm" that killed six thousand people in Galveston knocks down the original church.
1997 – The last church service is held in this building.
July, 1999 – KHOU Television (channel 11 and 31) reports that Bethel Baptist Church may be torn down. Engineers have determined it will take 0,000.00 to save the building, and local church groups don’t have that kind of money.
January 24, 2005 – The church burns to the ground. The fire is ruled arson. Older residents claim that developers paid someone to burn it down so the land could be developed into more townhouses. But KHWB Television (Channels 38 and 39) reports that the fire was set by a homeless squatter.
February 4, 2005 – The man police say is responsible for burning down the church is arrested in a drug bust just yards away.
This info borrowed from the HoustonArchitechture.info