The video above shows the implosion earlier today of four downtown buildings that belong to the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. The buildings were demolished to make way for its new worship center, education facilities, parking garage, glass concourse, and sky bridge. The three men who detonated the explosives are Pastor Robert Jeffress, Mayor Tom Leppert, and Planning & Development Committee Chairman Mark Lovvorn.
[Historical note: The high-rise in the background of the church’s steeple in the final scene is Lincoln Plaza, where Dick Cheney worked for Haliburton before becoming vice-president of the United States.]
What came down this morning was massive. What will go up in its place looks to be even bigger. In fact, the plans for the new building are pretty unbelievable. At 130 million dollars, it’s very clear why The Dallas Morning News called it “the largest church building program in modern history.” Below is a 3-D animated preview of the new buildings.
Here’s another view of the demolition (HT: Mark Overstreet).