November 14, 2019 by: Ben Heimsath

Heimsath Architects is a proud sponsor of a unique video arts event during the East Austin Studio Tour. "To Believe" will give viewers an immersive experience celebrating the sounds and images of worship from four East Austin churches. The setting, the historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, is a non-sectarian church structure recently restored by the City of Austin.

The "To Believe," installation is on view during the 2019 East Austin Studio Tour and will remain available in the Chapel through mid-December 2019.


Ben Heimsath partiOakwood Chapel Organizers Heimsath Architectscipated in a panel discussion to kick off the event.  He was joined by videographer Collin Hardeman of Amaz1ng Entertainment, Rev. Daryl Horton of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Jennifer Chenoweth, site coordinator for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel.  The panel shared their individual perspectives on the significance of the "To Believe" video installation.  Ben and Daryl discussed the initial idea of getting the broader community to understand and value churches in East Austin, and African American churches particularly.  The Oakwood Chapel, a non-sectarian space, is the perfect environment to expose believers and non-believers alike to the many joyous celebrations of faith inside these churches.

Many thanks to Huston-Tillostson University Chapel, Rehoboth Baptist Church, Church of Christ at East Side, and Eastside Community Church.  These congregations have been so generous sharing their worship experiences for this event.  We thank the many members for their willingness to participate and for extending such warm hospitality. 

KTBC, Chanel 7 Austin interviewed Ben, Collin, and Jennifer during a recent Good Day Austin segment.

In 2011, Heimsath Architects provided pro bono services as advocates for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel restoration.  Principal, Li Tong created a fascinating overview of the neglected chapel and provided images and a video of the potential for a fully restored facility.  We are so pleased to have participated in the first big events to inaugurate the fully restored Oakwood Cemetery Chapel.