Religious Conversions: 15 Houses of Worship Turned Secular

Synagogue to Light-Filled Condo, New York City

Converted Church Synagogue to Condo

A synagogue in the East Village of Manhattan is now an elegant three-story condo. Decades ago, the former place of worship was stripped of its religious purposes and divided into multiple living units. Architecture firm Manifold reconnected the interior space to create one large, open home.

18th Century St. Nicholas Georgian Church to Home, United Kingdom

Church Converted Home St. Nicholas

An architecture firm in Northumberland, UK restored a crumbling church built in 1792 into a luxury home put on the market for $1.3 million dollars. Built on the site of an earlier church dating from the 1100s, the church was deconsecrated in the 1980s, and subsequently abandoned. Now, it features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 kitchens and a massive open-plan living area taking up the full height of the space. The master bedroom consists of a custom-built super-king-sized bed replacing the altar.

Massive Gothic Revival Church to Luxury Residence, San Francisco, California

Converted Church Luxury Home 1
Converted Church Luxury Home 2
A Gothic Revival church in San Francisco dating back more than a century is transformed into an incredible private residence overlooking a park. Extensive retrofits and renovations were required to turn the large historic structure into a livable and luxurious home maintaining some of the original features and replacing others with more modern materials and usages, including a six-car garage. The asking price when it went up for sale was $7.5 million.

Church of Living to Home by Zecc Architecten, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Converted Church Home Zecc Utrecht 1

Converted Church Home Zecc Utrecht 2

Zecc Architecten also transformed a Utrecht church into a clean, modern, spacious residence, extending the balcony at the organ into a new organizational volume providing separated rooms, storage and stairs. This volume was kept minimalistic and abstract to provide contrast with the softer angles of the chapel.