If there's one thing that was overbuilt in the last 200 years, it's churches. When residential conversions began to take hold 15 or 20 years ago, I'm not sure anyone could've predicted their present-day scope. Here's another discouraging sign for the devout: Logan Square's former Norwegian Baptist Church, converted to a single family residence in recent years, is dangling its gaudy posterior all over the marketplace. We've seen many a church condo in our time—they proliferate in trendy areas with lots of small decommissioned structures—but this might be our first sighting of a full-church residence. It's only gaudy given certain sensibilities. We actually find the living room's grand marble fireplace a tasteful transformation of the altar area. And some old relics remain: the chandeliers and peculiar metal gate, for example. The place is downright insane as a single family, delivering roughly 6,000 square feet, four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two kitchens, large gym, gallery, multiple living areas, and a license to do naughty things in God's old digs. New-to-market, the monstrous abode is asking $1.429M.
·Listing: 3232 W Wrightwood Ave. [Conlon]