WTF? Why Are They Painting This Uptown Church BLUE???

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Fairmount and MahanUpdate: Robert Wilonsky took this story and did his magic, finding out that, are you ready, the designer who is painting this church blue is Gary Riggs! Thanks to Pete Peabody for alerting me this morning! Dialing up Gary right now…

OK, I get it. It’s not really a church, it’s an office building, but BLUE?

This is 2700 Fairmount, The Church of Fairmont. According to the off-market listing, it’s a 1910 church building that has been “creatively and effectively renovated into tasteful, eclectic office space. Additional parking across the street at 2518 Mahon Street included.”

It’s zoned PD9, which allows for a variety of retail & office uses, and is within walking distance to The Crescent, McKinney Avenue retail, many restaurants in the Turtle Creek / Cedar Springs area.

Talked to one of the tenants, who is moving out this week. He says it hasn’t been the best kept up building. But there are new owners who are sprucing it up, washing the sandstone surrounding the windows, maybe re-painting the windows (GULP!), improving the landscaping. They have tried a whole lot of colors on a back wall before settling on this color.

But why even paint it?

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Patsy Ann says

    You ain’t kidding! Gawd awful! You should never paint an historical structure’s brick and stone! Blue belongs on wooden structures in tropical locales. NOT HERE! NEVER! This makes my eyes bleed. Hopefully another future owner can afford sandblasting this structure to return it to its original state.

  2. Patsy Ann Bell says

    Wilonsky is reporting the owner to be Gary Riggs. If that’s an example of his aesthetics and he’s successful financially, then lawd help us. There is no hope with for Dallas classing up.

  3. Peyton says

    I live just across the way from the church, and walk my dogs past it at least three times a day. It’s HORRIBLE. And, yes, they are scraping around the windows, too, and have tried some “trim colors” there as well…. more weird blues…. lighter…. makes me want to cry every time I see it.

  4. Allen Keith says

    I’m so tired of retail furniture store owners and employees playing interior designer without any credentials.

  5. Anonymous says

    Gary has plenty of credentials and is a well-known interior designer in Dallas with plenty of experience! Look him up. We have actually used him for our home.

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