In Santpedor, Spain, architect David Closes saved a crumbling Franciscan convent from demolition and converted it into a modern auditorium. A glazed stairwell crawls up the original 18th-century stone facade, one of many instances where Closes allowed history to coexist with the contemporary.
In Harlem, Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone converted an abandoned Romanesque church into a bright and comfortable home. His plywood-outfitted kitchen features a bookshelf displays a series of his scholar's rocks.
After purchasing a 19th-century Baptist church in Greenwich, Connecticut, Santiago Saurez enlisted husband-and-wife architects Alan Organschi and Lisa Gray to reimagine the interior of the space. The resulting home allows the building's iconic form to communicate with its contemporary function. An otherworldly "birch pod" and massive chandelier hang above the expansive living room, designed to give the Suarez family ample room to relax together.
This home in a former Chicago church fully utilizes an original stained-glass window in its light-filled kitchen.
In Auburn, Alabama, architect David Hill purchased a historic brick building that had served as a Baptist church, pool hall, and barbershop. When renovating the space's interior, Hill made an effort to retain its large, open spaces, and carefully restored the original metal ceiling tiles.
Artist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders moved into this former church rectory in New York's East Village in 1978, years before the neighborhood's art scene exploded. In the reading room, a series of family portraits by Francesco Clemente hang above a pair of well-worn LC50 armchairs by Le Corbusier and a rare Hans Wegner swivel chair.