Cobble Hill is no stranger to historic churches that have been shut down being resurrected as luxury condos. (The Arches at Cobble Hill, for instance.) With the long-suffering Strong Place Church about to be turned into 24 high-end condos ranging from 1BRs to 3BRs, architect Michael Ingui, who is also Chairman of the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation, showed off the church's interior yesterday. The church has been completely closed for 7 years, and has suffered a lot of water damage from a leaking roof that turns the place into a waterfall whenever it rains. So, the interior was a little, um, musty and crumbly. The church was built in the 1840s, and neighbors say that it last hosted regular services in the 1960s, only opening its doors for holidays after that. Developers James Plotkin and David Yerushalmi are doing the renovation, which has won support from many local residents. Walls, windows and doors will be restored to match the originals, two structures will be added in the back and the badly damaged interior will be completely redone. More photos after the jump.
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This is the what the ceiling of the church looks like.
An exterior view of the Strong Place Church. Note the tree growing in the tower.