“What we hadn’t planned on was the opportunity to not only create a dream space, but to participate in preserving a former church that may have otherwise been knocked down to make way for more heinous condo boxes,” says Mike. For the project, he also won the Grand Jury Award for Adaptive Reuse of an existing building by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
Source: See How This Historic Church Got Its Second Life as a Tattoo Shop | Architectural Digest
Built in 1922, the former Agudas Achim Synagogue in Uptown stopped operating as a religious institution in 2008 — a decade later, it was renovated and turned into chic residential housing units. Synagogue Flats opened in March 2019.- Original Credit: Flats (Flats)
The perks of living in a former religious institution range from the aesthetics to the memorable moments. Currey said she still bumps into people who either went to church at her property as kids or attended weddings there.
Source: ‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos – Chicago Tribune
A halfpipe occupies the nave of the former St. Liborius Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis. The church has been converted into SK8 Liborious in recent years. RNS photo by Bill Motchan
St. Liborius Roman Catholic Church in Old North St. Louis, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once called the “Cathedral of the North Side.” More recently, the massive structure has been appreciated on social media as “the sickest, gnarliest place ever.”
Source: In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city’s needs – Religion News Service
Enter “Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces,” the exciting new partnership between Partners for Sacred Places and the Community Design Collaborative. Its purpose is to generate innovative design concepts and solutions for the re-activation of underutilized spaces in local historic sacred places.
Source: How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger | Opinion
The two-parcel property has addresses of 819 and 901 Russell St. and spans a collective roughly 0.56 acres on either side of South Ninth Street in Historic Edgefield.
“The building is a great candidate for adaptive reuse,” Walker said. “And in many cities, inner-city churches have been successfully converted into residential units, hotels and theaters.”
Source: East Nashville church building eyed for hotel | Nashville Post
The shelves, installed on a rail system, can be moved when more space is needed for large event or to create private areas for smaller conferences or meetings.
Source: Architects convert old Dutch church into a gorgeous library | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
The chapel’s historic shell was left completely untouched—from its faded frescoes and chipped plaster to its vaulted ceiling.
Source: Sleek modern office inserted into historic brick chapel – Curbed
Photo © Cornbread Works
For some living in a church may be a bit taboo, but for others, they welcome the challenge.
Photo © René de Wit
Source: Traditional Churches Become Modern Homes – Design Milk
In 1864, the church became the first black church in town and remained a center of religious activity for the local black community until it was removed from active use in 1994.
The Town Council and staff are very interested in the community’s ideas about how this wonderful structure might be used to the benefit of the town.
via Middleburg Seeking Ideas for Historic Asbury Church Adaptive Reuse – Leesburg Today Online—Daily News Coverage of Loudoun County, Leesburg, Ashburn: Middleburg Life.
Oude Kerk, or old church, in Amsterdam, hosts the 2013 World Press Photo contest, among other arts events. The 800-year-old building is still home to a congregation. Some rights reserved by Joop Reuvecamp.
“Most of our landfill waste comes from building deconstruction,” she interjected. “We can’t just keep adding to that. These old buildings are well made and historic. You can’t just tear them down. Surely we can think of new uses for them.”
I realized my friend wanted to keep the church weird. I also understood that the issue was more complicated than my slash-and-burn approach allowed. However, the questions still remain. What should we do when a congregation can no longer afford a pastor, ministry, and a building?
via Keeping the church weird | The Christian Century.
The floors of this open-plan apartment in London by local studio Form Design Architecture are covered with timber boards salvaged from an old Welsh chapel
via Loft apartment by Form Design Architecture with reclaimed floorboards.
Another Buffalo church has found new life as residential space. Creative Structures Services (css), a general contracting, project management and development firm headed by David Pawlik and Russell Kyte, has recently finished work on the former Buffalo Covenant Church at 786 Kenmore Avenue.
via Adaptive Reuse Project Complete on Kenmore Avenue; Apartments Now Leasing | Buffalo Rising.
Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.
via A 15th Century Cathedral Transformed into a Modern Bookstore | Colossal.
Web Urbanist has today’s adaptive reuse divine inspiration!
Former houses of worship all over the world retain all of their awe-inspiring original architectural elements like vaulted ceilings, arches, altars and stained glass windows while adjusting to needs that are more mundane.
via Religious Conversions: 15 Houses of Worship Turned Secular | WebUrbanist.
Check out Annick French and her husband moving St. Silas church they will renovate and turn into their home!
It looks to be a beautiful project that we will follow here on The Reclamation Administration. You can see her imgur gallery here.
St. Silas Church, coming down Belmont Rd to its new home!
via Church move – YouTube.