Plus retrofitting them will be a bear. Most of them were built to older codes if at all. If there is one advantage to the anonymous style most modern church as built to, they should be able to be retrofitted. Don't get me going on the topic of the the decline of church architecture. A couple staff members and I actually got into a pretty good Planning conversation on the topic on a wool gathering Friday afternoon. It was an interesting discussion.The really crazy part of it is that we've seen so many churches move into retail centers or build large mega-church campuses. I think old church buildings don't fit with most modern church uses.
Agreed. It's very common.Not impossible even for older churches. Here's an example from my hometown:
Thanks to a creative team—lead by developer Jon Chorlian and architect John Jordan—a Concord house of worship gets rave reviews for its second act as home to ten families.www.nhhomemagazine.com
I don't think that's really as much of a worry anymore as many new church buildings are not built like the old central city behemoths of the past.Maybe we should be asking how we design a future-proof, scalable place of worship? How do we build a sanctuary that can be converted to apartments without having to worry about windowless bedrooms, or expensive full gut jobs?
Maybe we should be asking how we design a future-proof, scalable place of worship? How do we build a sanctuary that can be converted to apartments without having to worry about windowless bedrooms, or expensive full gut jobs?
I read the article and it's pretty good. It's also not just for large churches. It's a challenge for smaller church and towns as well.My most recent article, hot off the press in Governing, "Churches Are Closing. It's a Challenge for Local Governments." https://www.governing.com/community/Churches-Are-Closing-Its-a-Challenge-for-Local-Governments.html
I went up to visit Alice at the Restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant,
she lives in the Church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and Fasha the dog.
And livin' in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of Room downstairs where the pews used to be in.
Havin' all that room, Seein' as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn't
Have to take out their garbage for a long time.
I had to look this phrase up -- "wool gathering" -- since I'd never heard it before. I like it. I may have to work it in to my vocab.wool gathering Friday afternoon
Some of these look amazing.I like the conversions to nightclubs lol - but at least for music or stage venues as usually the acoustics are good for such things - luxury housing seems to be the thing now
Church Must Tackle Its Real Estate Crisis in United Methodist News. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/church-must-tackle-its-
Somebody did that in my town! https://goo.gl/maps/gpBqjKP4euuoHh9 (Google Maps)I've always wanted to convert a traditional-architecture church into a SFR. I imagine just what we've seen in some of these examples -- a large open space where the sanctuary used to be where all of the main living space would be housed, then bedrooms in the balcony and bathrooms in the back where the fellowship hall was located. I seriously considered it once when a great old church went up for sale near me years ago. But I was single and the project just looked too big for me and my budget.
I had to look this phrase up -- "wool gathering" -- since I'd never heard it before. I like it. I may have to work it in to my vocab.
And yes, don't get me started on the severe decline of traditional church architecture. While I understand in theory the idea of spending money elsewhere (beyond the actual structure), I absolutely LOATHE church pole barns or churches in strip malls. Hate, hate, hate! Hate!