Monday, April 27, 2009

Dallas investor buys former Westminster Presbyterian Church in Uptown

Dallas investor Ray Washburne has purchased an historic Uptown building

The former Westminster Presbyterian Church at Fairmount and Mahon streets was built in 1909 and is one of the few remaining churches in Dallas’ booming Uptown neighborhood.

The 20,000 square-foot building was converted into office space more than 20 years ago and houses several tenants.

“We are going to keep it as office and gallery space,” said Washburne, who owns other property in Uptown. “It’s been restored and is an historical structure.

“We bought it as an investment.”

The building was purchased from a local trust and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The former church was designed by noted Dallas architect Herbert Miller Greene, who did several Dallas-area churches. He also worked on the flagship Neiman Marcus store on Main Street and the historic Titche-Goettinger department store.

Greene also designed multiple buildings for the University of Texas’ Austin campus.


By STEVE BROWN
The Dallas Morning News