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Old June 8th, 2014, 02:56 PM   #61
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Thank you for that inspiring thread ! the fact that is it would trigger some debate about the weight and "utility" of religion was inevitable as true faith doesn't suffer doubt nor contradiction, so let's just carry on whith it...
Strangely enough, i'm posting from France - a country where all churches belong to "the state" - but can not contribute to this thread whith good examples because we know no such things as church conversion
Because of our history ( we basically confiscated the church's posessions and put it into public domain ) no one can own a church and live in it ( not that I know of...). If anyone has a french example, i'll be pleased to see it
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Old June 8th, 2014, 03:04 PM   #62
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I would personnaly favor church conversion where outside wall are largely cut off leaving the structure ( pillars, arches and roof support structure - forgot the word for "charpente"-) visible from outside and allowing views from the inside ( something you never find in conventional churches since you're supposed to be there to connect whith the intangible)...
That is also a metaphore of the "deconstruction process" human brain does to free itself from the "slavery" of religion: exposing the process at work, tearing down the deceveing facade...
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Old June 14th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #63
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there is an article in today's wichita newspaper about a former church building, that was being used as a small theater, being converted into... A CHURCH!!!
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #64
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why aren't the worlds christians in america already? the muslims will obviously slaughter them. as christians we are duty bound to avoid martrydom if at all possible. christianity works better out of people's homes anyway. what can be done to convert your home or neighborhood dwelling to a church or sanctuary? the president we have now ignores real humantiarian emergencies, christians in iraq and egypt need to be in kansas by now!!!
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Old July 13th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #65
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Very interesting thread, with some spectacular photographs of examples.

Speaking from the UK, churches and cathedrals are beautiful symbolic buildings which often define towns or even smaller cities. I think a common sense approach should be used to ascertain whether the building has cultural significance or important heritage value, so that the future usage can be sure to be the best for the communities.

I really liked the pictures of the church converted into a library - a public space. I'd like to see more of that, than individual wealthy families converting them into their own lavish housing (though the spaces are gorgeous, and I imagine the sound of the grand pianos really resonating!). When you consider the history of the churches, and how many hundreds or thousands of people have used them, and how vital they once were to the communities, it is a shame to think that is lost just to fulfil the abundant wants of a wealthy property owner.

As other posters have said, this topic was always going to spark a bit of controversy, but for those who can skim those posts, this is a great thread - thank you.

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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:02 PM   #66
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Very nice transformation of a church built in the 70's into a 21st century library.


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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:04 PM   #67
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Wow that's an amazing conversion, and a so much better public use!
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:11 PM   #68
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Beautiful!

It looked abandoned before. Without this conversion to a more cosmopolitan use, it would have likely remained abandoned until it was demolished.

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The ideas you get for "open mindedness" and liberalism and feminist atheism comes from weed smoking hippies in the 70s.
Yeah sure... those are who I got my ideas from in post-Ceausescu Romania.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:22 PM   #69
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:32 PM   #70
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:35 PM   #71
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The Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal, Canada

Erskine and American Church (designed in 1894 in Neo-Romanesque style by architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison)





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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:39 PM   #72
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Are there any churches that have been converted to offices or something other than residentials?
I know there are libraries and computer stations
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:50 PM   #74
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Are there any churches that have been converted to offices or something other than residentials?
I know there are libraries and computer stations
I know there were plans to turn the St. Joseph's Church in San Francisco into office space, but I am not sure what happened to the project.



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Old September 23rd, 2014, 10:54 PM   #75
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There is also this church in Palo Alto











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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:08 AM   #76
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Are there any churches that have been converted to offices or something other than residentials?
I know there are libraries and computer stations
Some of the Russian churches were converted into offices in 1930s-50s, mostly in a dull way (with creation of floors etc), some of them reconverted back in 90s.
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Old September 27th, 2014, 03:10 PM   #77
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Escuelas Pías, Madrid, Spain

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what Spanish civil war left





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Old October 14th, 2014, 04:27 AM   #78
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You can see the result of the conversion at 53:00

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The Herz Jesu Church in Mönchengladbach (NRW, Germany) was turned into 23 apartments.



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Old October 14th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #80
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However nice the result of the conversion may be... I find it disturbing. I'd rather those churches had remained churches!

Anyway, if converting them into something else is the only way to save some architectural gems, so be it.
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