Ah, welcome to another week. On Friday evening, I started my weekend off with an evening stroll (i.e. shopping) along 6th Avenue and came across the new Limelight Marketplace.
The new Limelight Marketplace used to be the old Limelight Nightclub which was before that… a church. This former house of God is now a house of retail and food shops, it even includes a seasonal fresh market. It was actually pretty cool.
I got to thinking about a chapel I’d seen for sale on an upstate NY real estate website (yes, occasionally I like to pretend that I’m in the market for a country home) and how neat it would be to renovate an old church building into a residence. Of course, once I started looking I found a lot of awesome, converted church properties.
Obviously, there are some design challenges: deciding whether to break the open space into rooms, working around beautiful ancient windows and pulpits… is it weird that I think that sounds fun?
Actually, come to think of it, there’s a restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY which was a church conversion as well.
They’re all over the place! Despite how interesting the spaces end up being and what fun designing these spaces may be – the best part of converting old church spaces is certainly that those beautiful, sacred buildings find new life.