Additional Adaptive Uses
Below are examples of a number of sacred landmarks that have been adaptively used. They are meant to promote debate on new uses.
Newton, Massachusetts: A former Science Christian Church in Boston is transformed into condominiums with parking in the lower level, two stories of housing, and a two-story library in the steeple in one unit. Although not a tax-credit project, this building does have a façade easement.
Netherlands: This former Dominican church has served as a warehouse and a bicycle storage unit in its 800-year history. Now transformed into a bookstore, it features a café in the choir.
Pittsburgh: This popular brewery in “The Strip” district of Pittsburgh has the brewing tanks in the front of the church, something many would find disrespectful. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will prohibit “profane” uses of the buildings they will be selling.
Newark, New Jersey: This church, listed on the National Register, now houses a collection of offices and restaurants.
Nashville, Tennessee: Tuck-Hinton Architects in Nashville created a striking office out of a very historic church on the outskirts of Downtown Nashville.
Seattle, Washington: Taking a green approach, a developer has created luxury condominiums in the First Church of Seattle on Capitol Hill.
Beloit, Wisconsin: This church was one of the first Catholic Churches in Beloit and has been adapted into the Angel Museum.