1910 Gothic Revival Church For Sale – San Francisco.

This stunning Gothic Revival style building, formerly a church, is now one of the largest and most extraordinary single family homes in San Francisco, at 17000 sqft, nestled on 1 acre.

This one-of-a-kind property features a breathtaking living room with soaring, coffered, hand-painted ceilings with magnificent chandeliers, beautiful stained glass windows, as well as impressive arched windows framing Dolores Park. The main living level boasts a spacious chef’s kitchen, extra large formal dining room, open den, two fireplaces, marble bathroom and a stage. The master suite level features a generous bedroom area, library, media area, Roman marble bath, dressing room, home office and incredible 360 degree views from the tower meditation room and deck. This home also includes an expansive ground floor level that could be used as exhibition space, recording studio, private gymnasium, wine cellars and/or large home office. The garage accommodates 4-6 cars with potential for expansion.

Located in San Francisco’s historic Mission District, and surrounded by some of the city’s most popular restaurants and cafes, it’s currently for sale at $7.5 Million.

See the Website for more information and photos :  http://601dolores.com/ 

1930’s Converted Church – Rotterdam

Along the river De Rotte in Rotterdam stands a wooden church from 1930.  Before this totally modern make-over, the church was used as a motor mechanic’s garage. 

The entire church is left open on the river side, which allows light to stream in through the brand new floor-to-roof windows and sliding glass doors. The living space is located over three floors. 

For the full story and more photos on this modernistic Conversion see here:- http://www.archdaily.com/83270/house-in-a-church-ruud-visser-architects/

1792 St. Nicholas Church, Northumberland UK

 

One couple bought an historical church in Kyloe, Northumberland UK, which was bult in 1792.  They invested a lot of money to maintain its exterior and interior, and if  it were not for them, who knows what would have happened to this beautiful church as it was in such poor condition. The couple however readapted the interior to give it a home atmosphere.  As an added bonus, it has my most desired feature – a Graveyard 🙂 

The Church was for sale back in 2008, for US$1million.

For more details and photos see :  http://www.travelet.com/2009/07/one-pair-bought-and-converted-church-into-home-in-kyloe-northumberland/

13th Century Church Converted Into A Bookstore – Holland

 

Merkx+Girod Architects’ redesign of the former Dominican Church in Maastricht, Holland, is for all eyes to see. Merkx+Girod were approached by the Dutch booksellers Selexyz (think Barnes & Noble), who asked them to convert the thirteenth-century church into a modern bookstore. 

With only 750 square meters of available space, Merkx+Girod were asked to create 1,200 square meters of commercial area. Instead of creating several floors within, which would destroy the buildings unreplicable spacial quality, they built a monumental walk-in, three-story bookcase situated a-symmetrically inside the church. Climbing the “bookflat” rewards the customers with a close-up of ancient murals and stunning views, paying homage to the building’s details rather than concealing them.

Visitors can also experience the ancient architecture from a whole new variety of angles, which symbolizes not just a functional rebirth, but a physical one as well.

For more information and Photos see http://kostasvoyatzis.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/merkxgirod-architects-winner-of-2007-dutch-interior-design-prize/

Historic Saint Jakobus Church – Netherlands

Originally built in 1870,  today this renovated church is a true modern architectural masterpiece.

The conversion has created an extremely modern living space in harmony with the original design, whilst  paying great attention to light, space and functionality.   The original nave (14 meters high) is impressive, but the design of the interior is cleverly balanced to ensure that those whom call the church “home” are not lost in its vastness.

For more detail and photos, see this Website: http://woonkerkxl-utrecht-netherlands.marquetteturner.com/