The Hopewell Heritage Foundation, Inc. was formed in February 2003 to preserve every resource over
which God has given for its stewardship, including a specific goal to rehabilitate the building formerly known as Hopewell Baptist Church--fondly known as the "Tepee Church". As one of renowned
architect Bruce Goff's formidable designs, this structure is deeply rooted in the history of central Oklahoma. The Tepee is a symbol of lives blended in community, first in the red man and then the
settler, in those who design and those who build, in harvesters of what lies on top of the prairie, and that which lies beneath it...things past, things future, within our state and
The Foundation's vision is to historically rehabilitate Goff's sentinel on the prairie as a continuing gift to Oklahoma and others, honoring the legacy of sweat and grit that built Hopewell Baptist Church and the unique architectural design of Bruce Goff.
A team of professional alliances supports the aim of the Foundation to rehabilitate this building as:
• A distinct icon of Oklahoma history;
• An artistic witness to architectural innovation and imagination;
• A backdrop to family memories built on Divine inspiration, dedication and hard work; and
• An exciting future venue of re-adaptive space for public access.
The Foundation's vision for re-adaptive use of this facility will not only showcase Oklahoma history and architecture, but provide a significant space for community programming in the arts, education, business and training, public celebrations and charitable events.