Restored Chapel in Clear Lake - Update

June 07, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

A family trip to Clear Lake Park was a good excuse to revisit the Bay Area Museum. This facility is housed in a repurposed church that was saved from demolition in the late 1970’s. I blogged about this facility in 2016 but had not been able to see the interior. As luck would have it, this time the museum was open! The interior has been restored faithfully with much of the original layout intact. ... Read More

Worship Space / Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Chapels / Church Adaptive Reuse

Mid Century Modern Church for Sale

February 21, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

Full disclosure, our firm was involved in moving St. Boniface to a new facility, leaving a Mid Century Modern church vacant and ready for a new use. The congregation built a distinctive stone edifice in 1960 close to the active creek that runs along the edge of the unincorporated town of Comfort, Texas. That creek is the reason for the church’s relocation in 2006. On two separate occasions, major ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Church Adaptive Reuse

Church Adaptive Reuse Accommodates both Choir and Worship

February 15, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

In the 1980’s, the exterior of Christus Church in Hanover was preserved as a significant Neo-Gothic historic landmark. But the interior remained in a deteriorated state. The congregation on its own was unable to afford the major upgrades needed to maintain the soaring 19th Century nave. So local officials stepped in to assist. Solving two problems at once, Hanover leaders arranged to renovate the ... Read More

Worship Space / Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse

Deceased Church - Adaptable Building in Jersey City

November 02, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Facebook has a setting for an account of someone who is deceased - it becomes memorialized. Friends and loved ones can continue to post memories or share images, and next to the person’s name will be the word “Remembering.” I don’t know whether a similar status is available when a church goes under, but apparently it’s needed for the Facebook page of the Bethesda Baptist Church in Jersey City. ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse

Church Reuse In Philly

October 12, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

On today’s National Public Radio’s Marketplace, reporter Bobby Allyn notes the trend of empty churches that are given new life as residential properties. A number of these churches are converted into prime properties in neighborhoods with rising property values and limited areas for new residential developments. Allyn references data from the Philadelphia based Partners for Sacred Places to note ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse

Ursuline Academy a Preservation Model

October 09, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

In 1960’s a hundred year old complex near downtown San Antonio was in severe disrepair. The Urusline Order of nuns who operated a girl’s school on the property was moving away to a new campus. What would be next for the old buildings was unknown. Enter the Conservation Society who purchased most of the property in 1971 and facilitated the beginning of a multi-phased restoration program. A ... Read More

Sacred Architecture / Adaptive Re-use / Liturgical Arts / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse

Upjohn's Landmark Church Has Many After Lives

September 23, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Some landmark churches have been adapting and adjusting to new uses for decades. The Church of the Holy Communion in the Flatiron District is so important, in 1966, it was added New York City’s landmark registry within the first year of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s existence. But ten years later, it was no longer place of worship. The former Holy Communion Church as the Limelight ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse