The "Sacred Sites" of Houston

December 23, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On December 23, 2001, The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the "Sacred Sites" of Houston, TX. "Houston has thousands of houses, centers and buildings of worship and prayer for literally every faith known: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. What it does not have is the large-scale, sacred architecture built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and found in older, major cities like New York, according to Stephen Fox, a Rice University architectural historian... Compared with those other cities, Houston is relatively young. 'What Houston does have are very exceptional places such as the Rothko Chapel and Live Oak Friends Meeting House that are quite unique to Houston and not duplicated in other parts of the country,' Fox adds." The article then lists various houses of worship in the area, with a description of the center, the religious tradition, and of open times for visiting. the list includes: the Live Oak Friends Meeting House, the Vietnam Buddhist Center,the Greek Orthodox Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Rothko Chapel created by artist Mark Rothko as an interfaith sacred place, the Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple, the mosque Masjid El-Farouq, and the synagogue Kagan-Ruby Chapel of Congregation Emanu El Memorial.