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Landmarked church in Ukrainian Village starts new life as high-end condos

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Units in the 114-year-old building start at $580K

An exterior view of a brick and limestone church with neo gothic architecture including arched windows and a corner belltower.
The former St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 921 N. Hoyne Street.
Photos courtesy of Regency Development Group

In Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, the landmarked St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 921 N. Hoyne Avenue has been transformed into nine high-end condo units known as The Revival.

Though located in a famously Ukrainian neighborhood, the old church was completed in 1905 by a congregation of German immigrants. Notable architects Henry Worthmann and John Steinbach designed the Gothic Revival style building which later went on to house a Seventh Day Adventist Church before hitting the market.

Regency Development Group purchased the property for $1.1 million in 2013, DNAinfo reported at the time. The company originally planned to convert both the church and adjacent St. John School building into a 19-unit condo development known as The Belfry. Regency divided the property into two pieces and focused on the church portion.

The conversion has taken some time to complete, partly due to the site becoming a Chicago landmark. The designation required a careful renovation of the 114-year-old structure’s masonry and stone exterior and historical stained glass. Inside, older architectural details such as arched windows and exposed brick wall meet contemporary residential finishes.

A bedroom with the white and gray bed facing an oversized arched gothic window set against a brick wall. The bed is flanked by two lamps and there’s a wooden chair and house plant in the room.
This bedroom takes full advantage of the building’s Gothic details.

The three- and four-bedroom condos are priced between $579,000 and $1.3 million and include stainless appliances, European style cabinets, oak flooring, custom lighting, and garage parking. The units are on the market now, according to @properties which already sold a handful of residences in the old church.

The Revival is the latest example of Chicago’s older religious buildings finding new life through adaptive reuse. Recent and notable projects include the conversion of Uptown’s Agudas Achim Synagogue into rental units, a performing arts and event space headed to the West Loop’s Church of the Epiphany, and a plan to turn Noble Square’s St. Boniface Catholic Church into condos.

An open, unfurnished living space has a gray kitchen with three pendant lights and an island. The room has white walls, wood floors, and a mix of clear and stained glass windows.
Much of the original stained glass was restored by experienced church-restoration specialists.
An living room and kitchen furnished with black and white furniture. The walls are white and there are stairs leading up to another level.
Units are offered in a single-level and duplex layouts with high ceilings and contemporary finishes.
A dining room table with four blue chairs. The kitchen and breakfast bar is visible beyond. there is a small stained glass window and a contemporary light fixture with five white glass globes.
Kitchens features high-end appliances, sleek cabinetry, and custom designer lighting.