While there has been much discussion regarding the advantages and challenges of saving and creatively adapting Chicago’s historic churches, the practice has also made its way to the Windy City’s suburbs. Take for example this old chapel turned single family home for sale in Barrington. Supposedly dating back to 1874, the structure oozes with quaint but unusual curb appeal thanks to its gable-front design and centrally located bell tower.
Inside, the sanctuary of the former religious structure and its 30-foot open beamed ceilings makes for one impressive great room. A connected eat-in kitchen and choir balcony converted into lofted sleeping area also make good use of the existing space. The elevated former altar-turned-sitting-nook, however, still very much screams “church” regardless of its furniture, fireplace, and other decorating.
The home’s three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and finished lower level with rec room, media room, and laundry room, are compartmentalized in a more traditional way and give little clue as to the building’s previous religious role. An attractive outdoor deck, patio space, two-car garage, and attached glass conservatory round-out the deal.
The unique structure was last listed in early 2015 priced at $575,000. The listing was then removed and saw the former church instead offered as rental property for $2,900 per month. 200 Coolidge Avenue returned to the market just yesterday and can be had for $549,000.