Home as a Sanctuary, Literally

Curbed reported this week on 20 different churches around the U.S. that have been or are in the process of being converted to housing. The various projects range from single family units to condos, and as the post notes they make for great housing:

Stained-glass windows, vaulted ceilings, and sumptuously open floor plans make them appealing to folks looking for a more unconventional living space […].

The projects vary considerably in style and price. They also recall Provo’s own church-to-house repurposing project, which is being carried out by Greg Soter. That project includes turning an old LDS Church into a group of apartments.

Greg Soter is turning this old church into apartments.

In case you haven’t been following the project, it temporarily looked like it wasn’t going to happen, but then became more likely after the city council created a fund to help cover fees with this kind of historic repurposing project.

During a serendipitous walk to the grocery store a few weeks ago, I actually met Greg while he was working on the building. He gave Laura and I a fascinating tour, after which I became even more excited for this project. The building is laden with history, fascinating little flourishes, and is being redeveloped by someone who has a strong vision for what it can become.

But what’s especially beneficial about this sort of thing is that, in the words of the Curbed post, it provides more “unconventional” living space for the city. In other words, it becomes a more diverse and accommodating place.

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