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May 28th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Cool homes: Live in a converted church

This repurposed Methodist church in Dallas has been impeccably transformed into a massive and beautiful single-family home. Like most churches it features soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and expansive public spaces.

People love old churches used as homes, according to John Whiteside, the real estate agent showing this house. "De-sanctified churches are the No. 1 type of building converted to residential use," he said.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Houses of worship

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. NickB5

    They make great bars, nightclubs, strip clubs and gay bars too.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:52 am |
  2. Boldly

    Interesting. I'd often thought about how great it would be to convert a former church building into a home. And I've seen it done a few times. Often these buildings are available because they are very old and the upkeep is too expensive so the church builds a new facility. And even more often (at least in our area) because the churches are thriving and have outgrown their former facility. With their architectural style, it would be a shame to raze them. I'm glad someone can put them to good use.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  3. JohnM

    This is great! The acoustics would be worth it – if not the fact that it was a creepy place that had lots of burials and doomed weddings performed in it. Maybe it is time to recognize that religion is the just bridle of a horse that wants to run free. The more one tries to control something, the less control they have.

    May 30, 2010 at 4:51 am |
  4. puggle

    What about the people who mistakenly come to the door on Sunday mornings for services? That would be a drag if you're trying to sleep in. Now having the doorbell hooked up to the church bells would be awesome.

    May 30, 2010 at 4:23 am |
  5. Reality

    These now "holy" homes were built on false claims and false theology. The "ghost busters" might be needed to purify them.

    May 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  6. Abd al-Latif

    This really says it all. America is becoming secularized and taken over by atheists, with a large minority of fundamentalist Christians trying to secede and create a semi-autonomous society of their own. What a country...almost no one believes in traditional religion anymore, other than a few extremists. Everyone else finds belief inconvenient and sees worship of the Creator as beneath them. Well, Christians are just capitalist-obsessed pagans anyway, so who really cares.

    May 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  7. jeff

    Wow now that's cool I can see these becoming increasingly popular as religion dies off.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
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