Crews Ready For Dallas Church Building Implosion

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you hear dynamite exploding in downtown Dallas on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed.

There is a building implosion scheduled for this weekend, part of a multimillion dollar expansion project for First Baptist Church. Final preparations for the implosion are now underway, as crews get ready to bring down a historic building and alter the downtown landscape.

First Baptist Church has been a staple in the Dallas community for the past 120 years. Workers have spent the past few weeks canvassing every corner of the building to get ready for the monumental implosion.

Six buildings that comprise the church campus will all come down in a cloud of dust on Saturday. This will make way for a modern, state-of-the-art facility. Designers of the new building are being cautious, making sure to keep integrity of the 1890 landmark sanctuary.

The $115 million project has been in the works for two years, as members of the congregation raised funds to build the new 3,000-seat worship center, a fountain plaza, additional parking areas and a sky-bridge to connect buildings across St. Paul Street. The new facility is scheduled to open on Easter Sunday in 2013.

The 8:00 a.m. implosion is expected to stir up several inches of dust. As a precaution, police in Dallas plan to close a few downtown streets on Saturday morning. Check our Traffic Section for any possible delays that may result.


One Comment

  1. Ann Patterson says:

    When I lived in Dallas I attended First Baptist Church, I am sorry to hear that, that beautiful old building is being torn down. So many historical buildings have been torn down in Dallas, it is ashame to lose the history.

    1. Cindy says:

      The old sanctuary IS NOT being demolished. It is several other buildings around it.

  2. Elmer says:

    The proper meaning of “sanctuary” is the alter area in a cruciform church, not the entire building.

  3. Elmer says:

    Should be spelled altar.

  4. Joy Souther Cullen says:

    I, too, grew up in that wonderful church. The “old” sanctuary (the auditorium where we worshipped for many years) will be surrounded by beautiful, spacious, safe, and age appropriate facilities. Buildings may come down but “the church” will be there, Sunday morning, worshipping as usual. This is for our children and for their children for many years to come! To God be the glory!

  5. Aimee says:

    It is sad, but beautiful. We are creating a more inviting facility to serve a growing city. We aim to providing a safe and loving environment where children and adults can learn about and worship God for generations to come. If you didn’t see the footage, watch it. The most beautiful thing was when the the dust cleared. It made the way to see the sanctuary bathed and gleaming in the sunrise of a new day.

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