New Yorkers' real estate prayers are regularly answered (sorry) with the conversion of churches, synagogues, and other religious buildings into co-ops and condos. Interesting history, arched windows, and occasional stained glass?what more could a buyer or renter want? Here now, a map of 16 New York City buildings with formerly religious uses that are now residential. Know of one we've missed? Let us know in the comments and we'll update the map.Read More
16 Religious Buildings Converted Into Co-ops and Condos
450 Clinton Street
This 1856 building served as the Norwegian Seamen's Church from 1928 to 1984, according to one recent listing. The co-op conversion occurred in 1986, and the apartments were left with that church conversion trademark, arched windows. There's nothing for sale right now, but prices have averaged $779,000.
360 Court Street
This building was constructed as the South Congregational Church in the 1850s. Now it's a condominium with stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings.
The Arches at Cobble Hill
The former St. Peter's Church, an 1850s building, went condo in 2004. There's one rather underwhelming 2BR, 2BA available now for $820,000.
Landmark on Strong Place
This Cobble Hill church very slowly turned itself into 24 luxury condos. The building is now, according to the website, close to 90 percent sold. The conversion salvaged some of the wood from the church for use in the finished units.
99 Clinton Street
There's one co-op on the market now in this converted Brooklyn Heights church. The apartment in question is a 2BR, 2.5BA asking $880,000. Which seems awfully low, but the maintenance is $1,360/month.
This neo-gothic cathedral became a condo building on Fort Greene's Cumberland Street. A 1BR, 1.5BA is up for grabs at the moment, asking $959,000, one of the higher recent prices for the building.
261 Skillman Street
A developer picked up this Bed-Stuy church for $4.1 million in 2008, and crews recently began demolishing the back of the church. Permits call for partial and interior demolition, with Karl Fischer as the architect of record, and the result will be 40 apartments, 31 underground parking spaces, and a community space.
64 Havemeyer Street
A commenter reminded us of the former Convent of the Order of St. Dominic on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. After some financial struggle, the building was converted into an 11-unit co-op in 1996.
167 North 6th Street
Rentals have just launched at the former St. Vincent de Paul Church rectory in Williamsburg, now a 10-unit residential building. There are a few church remnantsthe priciest apartment, on the former parlor floor of the rectory, has floors made from milled beams taken from the actual church next door. (The conversion of the church itself is still in progress.) There are 13 active rental listings, asking between $4,500/month and $5,250/month.
St. Elias Church
This church isn't open for inhabitants...yet. The building has been seeking a buyer for the past few years, though, and the ads have made much of the possibilities for condo or rental conversion. The property is currently off the market, but perhaps inquiries would be welcomed.
There isn't much of the former Roumanian Synagogue evident in the listing shots for 70 Hester Street. The three-story 1900 building now has two apartments, and its past lives include a stint as a speakeasy. The building is asking nearly $5 million and encouraging renovation for "residential, business or commercial use." Go to it, folks!
317 East 8th Street
This synagogue building was converted into a townhouse in 2005. The 3BR, 2.5BA property has three terraces, Brazilian hardwood cherry floors, and windows that are replicas of the original synagogue windows. The property is for rent at a (reduced) $20,000/month.
The Abby Condominium
The Abbey Condominium is the former parish house of St. George's church, with high ceilings and stained glass still in the units. There are five apartments for sale and seven for rent at the moment. Lowest sale price: $2.19 million. Lowest rent: $7,500/month.
This 1860 Romanesque Revival church is now a condo designed by FLANKand it's the place where Jude Law threw fruit at NYU students. There's nothing on the market in the building right now, but the average sale price in the past has been $3.612 million.
143 West 13th Street
422 West 20th Street
Buyers lined up, LIC style, when this General Theological Seminary dorm-to-condo conversion opened in Chelsea earlier this year. Okay, so this one isn't quite a former church, but building residents do get access to the seminary's gated Close across the street. Right now there are two units available, a 2BR for $1.215 million and a parlor-level 1BR for $1.285 million.
The General Theological Seminary's West BuildingChelsea's second-oldestis undergoing conversion into 23 pricey condos. Preservation specialists Beyer Blinder Belle are helping developer the Brodsky Organization stay within landmark guidelines on this one.
329 East 63rd Street
This building used to be a convent, a commenter points out. In fact, it appears to have been the Dominic Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary. Now it's a rental, with units in the $1,500/month to $3,900/month range.
455 Central Park West
The chapel of this former cancer hospital became a bonkers apartment that took quite some time to sell in its most recent attempt. It finally went for $8 million; the seller had spent somewhere around $5 million on a renovation that added gold leaf and antique French stone floors.
88 Morningside is the least traditional "conversion" mapped here. In fact, the Church of the Master, which formerly stood on this site, was demolished to make way for apartments. The result is 88 Morningside, a 73-unit building big on its "Columbia Area" connection. Right now there's one unit in contract and zero active listings.