Seven apartments planned for former Calvary Baptist Church building

Dallas City Council this week could approve a developer’s plan to create seven apartments in a former church rectory building in Sunset Hill.

The 10,690-square-foot building, on West Tenth at Brighton, was built in 1975 as part of Calvary Baptist Church, which is across the street.

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The developer, Genesis Real Estate Group, is asking for a zoning change to allow apartments in a single-family neighborhood, with plans to renovate the existing building.

Genesis offered to limit the multifamily use to the existing building, to preclude apartments from being built there if the rectory is demolished.

The rear yard is big enough for 13 parking spaces. The developer is planning a two-bedroom apartment and six one-bedrooms.

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  • Roger Jackson

    The building in the picture was once known as the Youth Center Building of Calvary Baptist Church of Oak Cliff. It was built in 1946 to serve as a youth activities center for $75,000. The church furnished and equipped the Youth Center for another $25,000.

    The property for the building was purchased by Tom and Pauline Patton for $8,200, members of Calvary, Oak Cliff, at the time.

    At the time of the purchase, there was an older two-story building (later replaced by the new building) that was immediately put to use by the growing/expanding Oak Cliff church.

    Sometime much later, in the 1990’s, the building was sold to an individual and remodeled for a private home and studio.

    It never served as a church rectory.

    Roger Jackson