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Every church conversion in Washington, D.C., mapped

Learn about every former holy house in the District, from Blind Whino to Morton Street Mews

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Blind Whino.
| Photo via Brook Ward

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2013 and has been updated with the most recent information.

Although Washington, D.C., has seen any number of school buildings repurposed, churches have lately started to see new lives as well.

The Grace Church Condominiums were a decided forerunner, starting their conversion from church to condos in 1988. However, in the past five years alone, other spots that were once houses of God have started to appear on our radar. If they haven't turned into condos, they've become art galleries or hotels.

Here, Curbed has mapped every church that has not been torn down, but instead refreshed as housing or another use.

As always, if there are any church conversions missing, let us know in the comments.

Note: The mapped points have been listed geographically, from most north to most south.

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Morton Street Mews

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Formerly the Iglesia Ni Christo church, this site is now known as Morton Street Mews. Opened in 2015, this 26-unit condo development offers high-end units that can list over $1 million.

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The Vintage

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This new residential development was once known as Meridian Hill Baptist Church. Now, it’s an 85-unit condo project just two blocks from the nearest Metro station.

Rendering via Valor Development

The LINE DC

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Sydell Group's new 220-room hotel for Adams Morgan will come with two restaurants, a coffee shop, and an event space. Amenities will include a sauna. Originally, this hotel was a c. 1912-constructed church known as the First Church of Christ.

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The Logic

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In U Street Corridor, there are plans to incorporate a historic church into the design of a 40-unit condo building. At the corner of 10th and V streets NW, there will also be a brand new retail space.

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Bishop's Gate Condominiums

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The former chapel of this ex-rectory, convent, and Catholic School still has tall ceilings and stained glass windows, retained from its original structure. Bishop’s Gate is now a townhome community with 82 residences.

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Scripture Cathedral Church

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Before, this church was known as Scripture Cathedral. Soon, it will be replaced with 66 apartments over nearly 7,000 square feet of retail and 68 below-grade parking spaces.

Rendering via Four Points and The Warrenton Group

Alexander Memorial Baptist Church

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This building, once the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church, was constructed in 1909. It was later converted into three condos, some which reach over $2 million in price.

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The Sanctuary

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This former 1916-built church in Capitol Hill currently features 30 units. In May 2017, one of The Sanctuary’s condos sold for $1,525,000, making it the highest priced Northeast D.C. condo sold since 2008.

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The Residences at Saint Monica’s

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In 2009, two Capitol Hill congregations—St. Monica's and St. James—became one when this building from 1908 became a boutique condo building, called The Residences at Saint Monica’s.

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Grace Church Condominiums

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Built in 1891, this church later became Faith Baptist Church in the 1950s before being converted once again to 18 condos in 1989. Each of the units range from 570 to 1,375 square feet. The stained glass windows from the original property were retained.

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The Churchill

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In 2015, Capitol Hill’s circa 1855-built Mount Joy Baptist Church was converted into a condo complex. The units feature walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

Rendering via Churchill AP Partners LLC

Blind Whino

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Perhaps the most dramatic conversion has been that of this abandoned Waterfront church into an art gallery that is now, itself, an enormous four-sided mural.

Blind Whino Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Artwhino

Morton Street Mews

Image via OPaL LLC

Formerly the Iglesia Ni Christo church, this site is now known as Morton Street Mews. Opened in 2015, this 26-unit condo development offers high-end units that can list over $1 million.

Image via OPaL LLC

The Vintage

Rendering via Valor Development

This new residential development was once known as Meridian Hill Baptist Church. Now, it’s an 85-unit condo project just two blocks from the nearest Metro station.

Rendering via Valor Development

The LINE DC

Rendering via Sydell Group

Sydell Group's new 220-room hotel for Adams Morgan will come with two restaurants, a coffee shop, and an event space. Amenities will include a sauna. Originally, this hotel was a c. 1912-constructed church known as the First Church of Christ.

Rendering via Sydell Group

The Logic

Rendering via Sorg Architects

In U Street Corridor, there are plans to incorporate a historic church into the design of a 40-unit condo building. At the corner of 10th and V streets NW, there will also be a brand new retail space.

Rendering via Sorg Architects

Bishop's Gate Condominiums

Photo via Redfin

The former chapel of this ex-rectory, convent, and Catholic School still has tall ceilings and stained glass windows, retained from its original structure. Bishop’s Gate is now a townhome community with 82 residences.

Photo via Redfin

Scripture Cathedral Church

Rendering via Four Points and The Warrenton Group

Before, this church was known as Scripture Cathedral. Soon, it will be replaced with 66 apartments over nearly 7,000 square feet of retail and 68 below-grade parking spaces.

Rendering via Four Points and The Warrenton Group

Alexander Memorial Baptist Church

Photo via TTR Sotheby's International Realty

This building, once the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church, was constructed in 1909. It was later converted into three condos, some which reach over $2 million in price.

Photo via TTR Sotheby's International Realty

The Sanctuary

Photo via Redfin

This former 1916-built church in Capitol Hill currently features 30 units. In May 2017, one of The Sanctuary’s condos sold for $1,525,000, making it the highest priced Northeast D.C. condo sold since 2008.

Photo via Redfin

The Residences at Saint Monica’s

Photo via Redfin

In 2009, two Capitol Hill congregations—St. Monica's and St. James—became one when this building from 1908 became a boutique condo building, called The Residences at Saint Monica’s.

Photo via Redfin

Grace Church Condominiums

Photo via D.C. Condo Boutique

Built in 1891, this church later became Faith Baptist Church in the 1950s before being converted once again to 18 condos in 1989. Each of the units range from 570 to 1,375 square feet. The stained glass windows from the original property were retained.

Photo via D.C. Condo Boutique

The Churchill

Rendering via Churchill AP Partners LLC

In 2015, Capitol Hill’s circa 1855-built Mount Joy Baptist Church was converted into a condo complex. The units feature walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

Rendering via Churchill AP Partners LLC

Blind Whino

Blind Whino Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Artwhino

Perhaps the most dramatic conversion has been that of this abandoned Waterfront church into an art gallery that is now, itself, an enormous four-sided mural.

Blind Whino Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Artwhino