From house of worship to family home: Take a look at these church conversions
Once the foundations of urban life, over the last century thousands of factories, warehouses and churches were abandoned as city residents moved out to suburban neighbourhoods.
Now, as people are returning to urban centres, these buildings are finding a new lease of life. Warehouse loft conversions began about 50 years ago, when cash-strapped artists sought out places where they could both live and work.
In cities like London and New York, churches are the new warehouses. In the wake of declining attendance and financial strain, regional diocese are deconsecrating churches and residential developers are snatching them up. With ornate detailing, fine timbers and substantial architecture, it's no wonder these former houses of worship are becoming sought-after properties.
St Peters Church and Academy was built in 1858. In 2005, like a lot of churches around Brooklyn, the historic structure went residential. A two-bedroom condo in the building is up for sale and you wouldn't necessarily guess it's located inside a former church.
The unit lacks details like stained glass which you often see in church conversions and it's got a fun, modern aesthetic that feels more "hipster" than "house of worship."
All the period details remain in a chapel that was once part of the Edwin Denison Morgan III estate in Old Westbury, Long Island. The estate was designed by the great Stanford White in the late-19th century, and now its chapel is on the market.
With cathedral ceilings, stained-glass windows designed by noted artisan John La Farge, and a wealth of original light fixtures and ornately carved timber, the $4.5 million price tag seems pretty reasonable.