BY TAHNEE SAUER - Mar 02, 2022

There's no denying that the Gothic revival spires of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) have stood as a proud cultural landmark for nearly 100 years. The architectural design by American Architect, and native Texan, Mark Lemmon brought prominence and distinction to the local landscape with buildings that looked more akin to the large cities of the East coast and Europe, than the sprawling open space of the west.

In 1927, the construction of the first HPPC building was completed in the Highland Park neighborhood. As Highland Park grew, so did the church campus. The first addition in 1939 now stands as the main chapel. The next building to follow was the Wynn Chapel in 1939. The Currie Building joined the campus landscape in 1946. Alexander Hall further expanded the church's support and educational in 1964. The final expansion to the campus footprint was seen in 1978 with the construction of the original Hunt building.

When the church partnered with OmniPlan, they set out to re-imagine the campus to support their mission to grow and support their membership both in worship services as well as community programs, such as child development and education. The modern and future needs of the church translated to thoughtful, modern renovations and additions woven into the campus' historical fabric.

During the months leading up construction, the project team had carefully crafted their plans to maintain the operation and use of the church campus throughout each of the five phases of construction. Operations on the campus spanned a wide range of hours both weekdays and weekends to capture regular services, community events, weekday preschool operations, and even local boy scout troop meetings.

Construction work on the campus addressed the demolition of the existing Hunt building, reconstruction of the new Hunt building and sub-grade parking garage, full renovation of the Child Development Center, code and life-safety upgrades to historic structures, additions to connect existing campus buildings, and outdoor playgrounds. Creative approaches were used to safely and accurately achieve construction with limited site access.

The final appearance and quality is a testament not only to the final finish trades, but to the care and accuracy achieved at each step in the construction process. The detail of the project is phenomenal and better illustrated by the images included. While each may seem small in and of itself, the consistency and combined effect create an incredible blend of history and modern aesthetic. Maybe most importantly was the respect for the existing church, which has two clear facets. 


  • Five Stories
  • 157,000 Total SF
  • Two-levels below grade parking 
  • Fire protection upgrades to the historic sanctuary 
  • Gym addition in interior courtyard 

Read more about the project here!

The Hunt Building
Child Development Center