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Chicago Church Converted into a Soaring Single-Family Home

There is something innately beautiful about churches that have been transformed to serve a different purpose in the ever-changing world. While we have seen some being altered into breathtaking bookstores and libraries, most often old churches find a new lease on life as unique and dramatic contemporary homes. Located in a busy neighborhood of Chicago, this 5500-square-foot church was turned into a lovely, eclectic single-family home by Linc Thelen Design. The revamped residence contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with sweeping public areas that steal the show with sheer grandeur!

25 foot high ceiling for the dramatic living area Chicago Church Converted into a Soaring Single Family Home

The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space, dining room and kitchen, with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past, the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow, red and green into each room. Exposed brick walls at the entrance, wooden ceiling turnbuckles and beams blend in effortlessly with contemporary elements, while a refined color scheme that is dominated by white and gray defines the cool, cultured ambiance indoors.

Original stained glass windows and exposed brickwork of the renovated church home

Classic, colorful church windows bring timeless charm to the modern eclectic setting

Living room of the Church conversion with gray accent fireplace wall

Industrial lighting fixtures and polished decor add to the eclectic vibe of the church conversion

Fabulous modern kitchen in gray, white and black with beautiful stained glass church windows

Philippe starck masters chair for the contemporary dining room

The lower level also contains the master bedroom, closet and bathroom, while the top level houses additional private spaces, an amazing playroom with a custom climbing wall, a nursery and a game room that was previously the bell tower! Modern decor in neutral hues, an imposing fireplace and smart lighting end up becoming the showstoppers in this smart, utilitarian makeover that showcases the brilliance of adaptive reuse. [Photography: Jim Tschetter]

Beautiful modern bedroom with church windows that bring color and pattern

Wallpaper brings pattern to the cozy kids' bedroom

Towering ceiling of the church conversion is perfect for the activity wall in the playroom

Small nursery idea in white with wallpapered ceiling and vintage lighting

Stained glass window makes its presence felt in the contemporary bathroom

Vintage colorful sink idea for modern bathroom

Ingenious textured wallpaper for the small powder room

Mr. Fox wallpaper in the laundry

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What do you think?

  • This is incredible! I have long had a love for
    churches-turned-homes. And I love finding ways to use previous features of the
    church as new, re-purposed decor. The teal blue doors are incredible and a
    perfect fit to complement the coloring in the windows. Simple, elegant
    furniture really makes this a perfect blend of vintage and modern. That style
    is not easily pulled off, but this was done really well! And the light fixtures
    in here are awesome!!! Do you know if any of them are from the church’s past
    life? The ones hanging over the island look like they could be. Really cool
    space!

  • This home is AWESOME! How perfect is that blue front door???
    I would love to see if it is painted the same color on the outside. That
    fireplace is also a really cool piece. I can’t tell if that’s what it is, but
    it looks like it is covered in chalkboard paint. Which I’m definitely a huge
    fan of, and adds so much dimension to the space. There are so many awesome and
    unique features in this home. Awesome share!

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