• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

An Open House for the remodeled Parlor will be held Sunday, February 15, for all to explore the church’s newly remodeled “living room.”  Click on the picture above to see more pictures.

Designed by the interior decorator duo of St. Paul’s member Alice Wilson and her business partner Tom Stovall who volunteered their time, the Parlor evokes room designs from the early 20th century, when the St. Paul’s congregation was born and the Sanctuary Building arose on the Texas coastal plain. 

Anchored by a large antique Oriental rug, handmade in Oushak, Turkey, by a family using an ancient pattern, the existing chairs and sofas were re-covered in coordinating fabrics.
Banquettes along the Main Street wall introduced new seating for groups using the Parlor for receptions, meetings, and gatherings. Antique settees, tables, desks, and cabinets were donated and/or purchased.  

Master furniture craftsman and St. Paul’s member Marvin Johnson created the two stunning, interior-lighted display cabinets to house the church’s collection of silver serving pieces and anchor the banquette wall.

Thanks to archivist Josephine Crain’s tireless work over many years, antique hand-drawn blueprints have been professionally framed, mounted on acid-free paper and covered in museum quality, non-reflective glass.

Photography by former senior pastor, the late Dr. John Fellers, is displayed, along with Sanctuary views by Sandy Bankston. Her husband, former senior pastor Dr. Jim Bankston donated the picture of the previous four senior pastors taken at St. Paul’s Centennial celebration in 2006. 

The Open House will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monetary donations to defray Parlor costs will be appreciated.