Thursday, December 9, 2010

Build It and They Will Come…

Or maybe not...
This abandoned building could very well be the headquarters for the next James Bond villain or maybe even a theater for cool 3D movies. Tucked away in the suburbs of west Houston is what was to be the Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace, the centerpiece for an 11-acre complex meant to bring spiritual rejuvenation to the followers of leader Kwai Fun Wong’s Tien Tao based religion.

In 1999, as the complex was being constructed, Kwai Fun Wong travelled home to Hong Kong. Upon her return, she was confronted with INS red tape and was eventually deported, leaving the sect without its local leader.

Highlighted by the 40 ft. diameter golden geodesic dome, the interior of this building was never completed. Although the grounds are still kept mowed, the building remains empty and securely gated, teasing the public and remaining one of the most unknown of Houston’s odd places.

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