The Ultimate Repurposing
A 19th-century church has become the epitome of modern living in Upper Bucks.
Location: 390 Marienstein Road, Upper Black Eddy
There are so many ways that converting a church to pretty much anything other than a church can go wrong. But when it goes right, as it has with this 2,100-square foot home that’s tucked away on an acre-and-a-half in the woods of Upper Bucks County, it’s a marvel of innovation and preservation. Like the thoroughly modern, wide-open living space set against the arched, stained glass windows and ceiling mural. Or the 13-foot-tall built-ins that nearly reach the ceiling in that space. The best sides of the 143-year-old de-sanctified Catholic church coexist with the relatively new (the renovation was conducted during 2003 and 2004), three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that now fills its mold, which is all the more impressive considering how little either one sacrificed in order to make the relationship work. —Scott Edwards
Photos courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty / Michael Colavita