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.