What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Going to Church


church 0We were in Chicago last month, and we saw many wonderful things, but if I’d known this was this was there, I would have invited myself over for sure. Some lucky (and anonymous) family had this church turned into a gorgeous single-family home. Thanks to the combined efforts of Linc Thelen Design and Scrafano Architects, the project all came together, and it’s epic. Sporting seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, the mostly-open-concept space is the perfect blend of historic architecture and modern sensibilities.

After gutting the insides of the former house of worship, they exposed the 25-foot ceiling to show off the building’s lines, added a glass-and-steel staircase, and continued the modern lines throughout. Also designed for the space was a dining room table, a climbing wall, and a nursery equipped with a murphy bed.

There are some fascinating plans and drawings and demolition photos on the architects’ website, and the finished design pictures are below.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

24 thoughts on “Going to Church

  1. Good gosh! Stunning! Not to sound irreverent, but I worship he genius behind this project.

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  2. Beautiful…and I want me some stained glass )

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  3. What a beautiful house. The shapes and the stained glass are exceptional. I’m a realist though and know I could never keep it that streamlined and tidy without lots of storage spaces. I always fancied living in a converted church when I was wee but mainly so that my garden would be a graveyard.

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  4. This reminds me of Alice (of Alice’s Restaurant) living in a church. Of course (from what I understand) they lived upstairs and threw the trash downstairs, so the church/home would never be as beautifully immaculate as this lovely home.

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  5. Reblogged this on Close To His Edge and commented:
    i love interior design and architecture, so this post tickled my fancy. i hope you enjoy the photos as much as i do! ~~tasha 💜

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  6. What a gorgeous renovation, the stained glass is beautiful. I have to ask though, where are all the kitchen cabinets? With an open concept, there always seems to be less cabinetry. I guess people don’t collect as much kitchen crap as I do.

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  7. Just stunning. Love the stained glass and the ultra modern design and furnishings.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oh, I love this. Bit too much white for me, though the white does make the colorful stained glass stand out.

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  9. Reblogged this on MoéGrrL.


  10. Holy smokes! What an awesome home!

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