I live in a decommissioned church, built around 1895 as the Methodist Episcopal church for Narberth, Pennsylvania. My wife Nancy and I bought the house in 1996, just after its 100th birthday. The church was displaced by a much larger building across the street in 1929 and was eventually converted to a residence in the 1950s. The main sanctuary was about 65′ long by 30′ wide with a cylindrical apse and raised altar at the south end. The ceilings in the sanctuary were 17′ high.
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While we liked the location, the basic architectural form, and the overall size of the church house, it had several major deficiencies:
- We had two tiny bedrooms on the upper level with 7′ ceilings and we had two rapidly growing boys. We envisioned six-foot teenagers and their friends cramped in that space.
- We had no family/tv room.
- We could not get to our backyard, except through a convoluted path down an improvised stair.
- There was no off-street parking, nor bulk storage area (e.g., Shed, garage, etc.).
- We had 1500 square-feet of lower level (former apartment) but couldn’t really get to it and it was not comfortable even if we could get to it.
- We had an improvised master bedroom spanning two smaller bedrooms, which was kind of in the middle of the main living area.