I know that the historic Calvary Baptist Church building has been on the the radar of lots of folks in recent years. Some mourned the fact that it has ceased to become a house of worship.
Those people, in particular, may be interested in an open house scheduled this week.
I just received an email letting me know that renovations for the building — once a meeting site for participants of the local civil rights sit-in movement led by Clara Luper and others — are complete.
The public is invited to an open house to see the restored building from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at 300 N Walnut.
The historic sanctuary has been preserved for community use and the rest of the building has been rehabilitated into law offices for the Daniel M. Davis Law Firm, stated a news release from the law firm.
“The journey to get here has been amazing,” Joy Davis of Davis Law, said in the news release. “People who used to attend church here, or just knew it as an integral part of the community, stop by and share their stories.”
Dan Davis, president of Davis Law, said: “We very honored that we could be a part of bringing this building back to life.”
Calvary Baptist Church was built in 1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As I said earlier, it played a key role in the civil rights movement as a gathering site for the local NAACP. The church also is known for having played host to a young dynamic preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. King once preached at the church (I heard he had been in the running for a pastor’s position there).
MODA Design provided architecture and interior design services, Preservation & Design Studio handled the historic preservation and Titus Construction was the general contractor.
The Daniel M. Davis Law Firm represents Oklahomans injured in auto accidents, commercial vehicle accidents and workplace accidents.
(Picture coutesy of MODA Design)