The Texas Sacred Places Project (TSPP), an initiative of the Partners for Sacred Places -Texas Regional Office, is a user friendly online database and website that houses information about historic sacred places in the state of Texas and documents the current realities they face.
Guided by a steering committee of historians, preservationists, architects, academics and clergy – the project was developed to preserve and document a vital component of the state’s past. Through the unique stories that Texas’ historic houses of worship have to share, we hope to raise the visibility of historic sacred places on a broad scale across Texas, helping to make the case for their preservation.
The pilot survey that laid the foundation for the Texas Sacred Places Project began in 2009, through collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and Texas Tech University’ Professor Gary Smith. Smith enlisted graduate students in his Conservation Policies course to conduct a field study of historic religious buildings. By the semester’s conclusion, the students completed surveys on more than 400 sacred places in 16 counties.
• Create an information center for congregations
• Bring together academic, historic and cultural resources
• Consolidate existing surveys and knowledge of sacred places into one location
• Provide a forum for discussion of sacred places
• Educate and encourage a greater understanding of how these sacred places sustain communities
The Texas Sacred Places Project is a work in progress and we encourage the public to tell us more about the sites listed. Aspects of the project will be launched in phases as additional sites are inventoried and research continues, with feedback from our partners, local historians, faith communities and the public. *For the purpose of this inventory, sacred places are purpose-built religious buildings designed for worship and more than 50 years old. Inventory does not include cemeteries or other non-architectural sacred places, such as natural or archaeological sites.