Missouri City School gymnasium turns into Landmark Community Center

The 84-year-old Missouri City Middle School gymnasium will open its doors to the public on June 5 after renovation.
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will mark the Grand Opening of Landmark Community Center with a Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated facility on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11 a.m.

After the ceremony, guests will be welcomed to enjoy a tour and active demonstrations of the Center’s available amenities.

The $4.6 million restoration project was carried out by Teal Construction Company, and funded in part through the county’s 2015 facility bond.

While largely still the original structure, the renovated community center now features a new lobby, basketball rims, mezzanine level on both sides, fitness center, game center, juice/coffee bar, meeting space and a museum.

Acquired by the County from Fort Bend ISD in 2016, Commissioner Grady Prestage led the effort to completely restore the building to its original art deco design.

“We felt this was a unique opportunity to save a piece of local history, and our plans are to turn this building into a community center,” Prestage said.

Located at 100 Louisiana Street, the gymnasium was built in 1935 as a part of Missouri City High School when Missouri City and Sugar Land still had their own school districts.

The two districts consolidated to create Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) on April 18, 1959, and Missouri City High School became the new district’s white secondary school, according to FBISD.

With desegregation in 1965, black high school students were brought to the building from M.R. Wood School in Sugar Land. Missouri City High School then became Missouri City Junior High School in 1975.

FBISD opened the current Missouri City Middle School at 202 Martin Lane in August 2008.

The district closed the building in 2009, where it remained unused until the County obtained possession.