Church Transformations: From House of Worship to Home Sweet Home

September 7, 2016
The Sanctuary - Urban Pace - Washington DC

It’s not unusual to see historic buildings converted into residences. And when that historic building is a church, the converted project often includes gorgeous and unique original fixtures, stained glass windows, soaring ceilings and interesting stories.

Here are two such projects that the Long & Foster team has on the market in the Mid-Atlantic.


The Sanctuary

In the heart of Washington, D.C., The Sanctuary, which is being marketed and sold by Urban Pace (a Long & Foster company), is a church-turned-residence. The building, which is located at 819 D Street NE in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, dates back to 1897, and it’s been converted into one-bedroom and two-bedroom condos, as well as a three-bedroom townhome.

Inside, the units are filled with original features, including exposed brick walls, cast-iron columns, ceiling heights ranging from 9 to 20 feet, and tall, graceful windows that took thousands of hours to painstakingly restore. The fixtures and finishes – think Carrara marble in herringbone patterns, white subway tiles, shaker-style cabinetry and chrome faucets – were carefully chosen to create a classic look that blends perfectly with the building’s history. Modern amenities like designer LED lighting, an elevator and green roofs mean it’s perfect for today’s lifestyles.


The Parish House

Head north to the historic district of Annapolis, Maryland, and you’ll find The Parish House. Originally constructed in the late 1800s as a Methodist church, the building at 39½ Maryland Avenue now consists of three luxury condos, as well as commercial office space on the lower floors.

Long & Foster’s Elizabeth Heinsohn is selling one of the building’s condos—unit No. 2—which has more than 2,300 square feet of meticulously restored and updated living space. Renovated in a loft style, the condo has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms with a private elevator and leased, dedicated parking space. The church’s traditional Gothic Revival architecture was preserved and features like the stained-glass windows, exposed beams and towering, arched ceilings merge with modern updates like the chef’s kitchen, which has stone and wood counters, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.