You Can Buy a Historic Church Turned Contemporary Residence in Greenwich for $1.8M
New England is sprinkled with architectural gems, with some dating back all the way back to before the United States was founded. A little younger than that, this 1852-built Connecticut church originally home to a Baptist congregation has weaved its way onto the market. Steeped (or rather steepled) in history yet unorthodox in its design, the restored residence in Greenwich is asking $1.8 million.
From the outside, the steeple on the hill would make anyone think they’re looking at a fully-functional church, but the eclectic design and colorful decorations of the interior make it hard to imagine the place back in its heyday. Owners Santiago and Bonnie Suarez worked with architecture firm Gray Organschi to rebuild and restore the 2,418-square-foot structure in 2007. Bringing contemporary elements together with the historic integrity of the church, the spread is one-of-a-kind.
Stepping inside, an S-curved foyer opens into an even more dramatic main room, airy and outfitted in spirited decor. Accented with a Venetian chandelier shipped from Murano and hanging from the 20-foot ceilings, the room still commands visitors’ attention as it likely did centuries ago.
Two bedrooms and two bathrooms hide out upstairs, tucked in the free-floating birch pod. Large picture windows illuminate each bedroom while the bathrooms continue to carry the ship-like curves seen throughout the home.
A property unlike anything else listed in affluent Greenwich, look to Elizabeth Forrest of Douglas Elliman for the quirky listing.