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Converted St Stephen’s, Hampstead UK

St Stephen’s, which is considered to be one of London’s finest Victorian Gothic Churches, had been standing empty and neglected for more than 30 years.

Completed in 1869, the church doors finally closed for worship in 1977 as congregations dwindled, and the building fell into a derelict state.

In 1999, the St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust was awarded a lease to restore the church, which saw it transformed into a multi-purpose event space, and breathing new life into the old building.

More information and photos can be found at:- http://londonist.com/2009/01/st_stephens_second_chance.php?gallery0Pic=3#gallery

Here are some photos during the restoration of this grand building.

Converted Christ Church Tower – Built In 1687

Christ Church Greyfriars, also known as Christ Church Newgate, is an Anglican church located in the City of London.  Built first in the gothic style, then in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687, it ranked among the City’s most notable pieces of architecture and places of worship.

The church was destroyed in the Second World War during the Blitz in 1940. A firebomb struck the roof and tore into the nave. Much of the surrounding neighbourhood was also set alight. 

In 2002, the Christ Church site got a major renovation and archeological examination. In 2006, work was completed to convert the tower and spire into a modern twelve-level private residence.  The spire is 160ft high, offering spectacular views of the City.  The good news for house hunters wary of climbing hundreds of stairs, is that this 3 bedroom converted church tower has a lift. 

More photos can be found here:- http://www.boyarskymurphy.com/cctb.htm