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October 14, 2015
Regardless of your spiritual leanings, these reimagined former churches will have you feeling inspired.
Modern religious architecture like the St. Francesc facade

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. 

 

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Jordi Surroca
Originally appeared in You Won't Believe That These Incredible Modern Buildings are Chapels and Synagogues
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Kitchen in the home of artist Ugo Rondinone in Harlem, New York

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. 

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Abrams Books
Originally appeared in Inside the Homes of 7 Creatives
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modern church connecticut

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. 

 

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Originally appeared in Pastoral Manner
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Converted Chicago church

This home in a former Chicago church fully utilizes an original stained-glass window in its light-filled kitchen. 

 

Originally appeared in Photo of the Week: Family Home in an Old Converted Church
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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. 

 

 

Originally appeared in 5 Rooms Provisioned with Salvaged Furniture
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' East Village home in Manhattan, furnished with armchairs by Le Corbusier and Hans Wegner.

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. 

Courtesy of 
Abrams Books
Originally appeared in Inside the Homes of 7 Creatives
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Modern religious architecture like the St. Francesc facade

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. 

 

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