City Presbyterian Church is throwing open its new red doors to new neighbors, former members of old Pilgrim Congregational, and anyone else who wants to see how the historic property is being transformed.
City Presbyterian last November acquired the long-closed church property — the late Gothic Revival-style church house at 1433 Classen Drive and its office wing at 829 NW 13 — and has been working on it since.
It looks like the goal of a grand opening and first worship on Easter, April 20, will be met, said the Rev. Bobby Griffith. Meanwhile, City Presbyterian continues to meet at First Church, 131 NW 4.
Griffith said the church has located some former members of Pilgrim Congregational Church and hopes more will get word the church buildings have found new life.
The property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by Oklahoma City’s Hawk & Parr architects and built in 1920. It has not been used a church since the 1980s, when Pilgrim Congregational merged with Mayflower Congregational Church.
Griffith said renovations are 90 percent complete and include 350 chairs installed in the sanctuary, refurbished pews installed in the balcony and new carpet.
Three events are planned through Saturday for different groups:
•Members of Urban Land Institute Oklahoma and guests will tour the property starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Thursday evening event will feature three ULI Oklahoma members “who have been instrumental in the transformation of this space,” They are J.W. Peters of Titus Construction, banker Jon Dodson, and Ben Sellers of Wayne Property Advisors.
•Midtown business people are invited to take a look from noon to 1 p.m. Friday.
•All are invited to open house from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.