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The Sanctuary

Cathy sent us an email the other day about a church conversion in her city of Seattle she thought we'd enjoy. She mentioned it has finally come on the market after a long and winding road including the first developer running out of money to finish the job. This former 'First Church of Christ, Scientist' is now 12 incredible modern condominiums. The website states: "Enjoy voluminous interiors boasting soaring ceilings up to 30 feet high and generously-scaled floor plans of 1,600 to more than 3,000 square feet of living space. Many homes include rooftop terraces... pricing from the low $500,000s to more than $1 million". Very cool! Below are 2 of these condos (a basic one and a not-so-basic one).


Reader Comments (18)

Oh my goodness! Both are gorgeous, obviously, but the second condo is totally incredible! I badly wish I could steal one of those beautiful pillars and squeeze it somewhere in my own home!

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

That kitchen! Stunning!

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered Commenternantucketdaffodil

I'll take the not so basic one please!

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I pass this place every day on my way to work. I agree - it's gorgeous. It's a stunning building. The downside? It's next to craptacular new-construction townhomes and neighbors a not particularly handsome hospital. It's a bummer. Every time I pass by it's a sharp reminder of location, location, location (and the power of creative photography, especially for the outside shots). Capital Hill is amazing, but a 7-11 is just a block away from this place. Buyer beware.

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDecorno

STATE of Seattle??

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM

M, I changed it. (Gimme a break I'm Canadian)

2 Feb 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Mmmmm love the second one...wowzers. ...yes I said wowzers.

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

A 7-11 a block away means Coke Slurpees anytime you want one!

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonald

I love the stairs! It would be a perfect match to my dream white home.

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbetina luna

Having grown up attending a Christian Science church, for over 20 years -- and having watched many of them close over the years due to declining membership, seeing these photos felt familiar, and just reinforced what I've ALWAYS known deep down: that these are architectural treasures, easily translatable into today's needs... and they should never be torn down, but re-used and enjoyed.

Why, there are about 4 of these here in Chicago - with at least two on the market - with architectural details and a sense of scale to the auditoriums that make even THIS Seattle church seem pale by comparison.

Bravo to the developers, it really looks like they celebrated the property and its history, rather than cover it up as though it was an embarrassment.

2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBredlo


2 Feb 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

Amazing! So sober yet calming.

3 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSanne

Beautifully done. Love the abstract art.

3 Feb 2012 | Unregistered Commentersue

Brilliant conversion! Love that the architectural elements were kept intact inside as well. Yet it is so modern and chic. The dark wood kitchen with marble counter is especially fab.

Honey, don't mock the 7/11. People who live with 8-ft wide crown molding also need chips and dip at 2 a.m.

3 Feb 2012 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

WOW, absolutely stunning!

This is just so weird I had to post. I love this blog so much, and visit it every week. I'm clicking along. I come across this post. I'm looking at the picture, thinking this buidling looks awfully familiar. Then it hits me. I work right across the street, and our office windows actually look out at the Sanctuary. Too funny. I had to email it to a couple of my co-workers. The reno has actually been quite loud, and I'm really glad it is done.

5 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Amazing kitchen! Really love the combination of marbles and colors!

6 Feb 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDion

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