This contemporary mansion used to be a former Presbyterian Church. It is located at 832-36 Lombard Street in Philadelphia, PA. It was restored in 2010 and boasts over 8,000 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, oversized European kitchen, sun room, terrace, an amazing main living area with 54ft high ceilings leading straight up to a dramatic skylight and wooden beams, high-end finishes and materials throughout, library/screening room located on the Mezzanine, wine cellar, 2-car garage  with radiant heated floors, 1080 square foot front yard and car port and a 400 square foot side yard with grill and an elevator. It is listed at $3,600,000.

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  • Daniel

    Ew. Exposed girders. No thanks.




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  • Siobhan

    I like some of the fixtures – like the argyle bathroom tile – but they’re probably going to be out of style in a few years. Not an enduring style.

    The kitchen looks like an IKEA showroom. And not in a good way.

    It’s hard to get a sense of the floor plan from these pictures.

    Travis, I totally disagree with you about the fireplace. That’s by far my least favorite attribute. The heavy-looking, low opening creates a lot of visual tension. Why, when it comes to contained fires, would less be more? Give me a nice big opening.




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    • Travis

      Let me reword that: I think that the tile soround is gorgeous. Although I like the low, long modern openings for fireplaces, this house should have something bigger, especially in a room with 54ft ceilings!




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    • TEE

      i agree with u on the fireplace. plus it just doesnt make sense to the mind’s eye because it doesn’t attach to a chimney or anything. either its one of those electric fireplaces (which i absolutely abhor) or the smoke just fills the room whenever they use it? who knows but i don’t get it at all…




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  • Limedaiquiri

    Uhm…

    I’d have to see more of the outside and inside, but I kind of lost interest at the 2-car garage.




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  • Mak

    I rather like the juxtaposition of the classical exterior and the ultra contemporary interior. I think if it was artfully furnished, it would be a striking residence.




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    • Siobhan

      Well said.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    Very nicely done conversion! Typically for a city location the yard seems relatively small, but, on the whole, not at all inappropriate. I think the idea of preserving the external structure instead of tearing it down and putting up a soulless block of apartments for example deserves a huge thumbs up.




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  • architect 121

    When I was in my late 20’s, my wife and I bought an old church and thad a dream of turning it into our first home, but in the back of my mind Iwas always worried it would be a little irreverent, and was hesitent about doing it. Luckily, before we started the reno (it took us a while to save enough money, and our credit score was to bad to get a big enough loan) a large oak tree fell on the little wooden chrch during a thunderstorm, so my worry of being irreverent was gone. We ended up building a small home on the land with our saved money, and we actually still use it as a weekend home today.




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  • RHONJ

    This home has been for sale for over a year — when I looked at it, it was priced at $5.2 million. Not a chance. The seller needs to reduce it even further….there are years’ worth of multi-million dollar properties for sale in Philadelphia. There ‘s nothing wrong with any home that price can’t fix.




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  • Venom

    Uh no.




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  • Grrrowler

    Like Mak said, I like the juxtaposition between the classical and the modern. I think it could be beautiful if it were furnished properly. As others have brought up, I am not a fan of the low, wide fireplace opening in this and a lot of other modern residences. I’m guessing this one has a layer of glass beads inside that the fire burns through…seen it already, too many times. This one looks a little like a mouth gaping at one side of the room. I like the zebrawood used in the cabinetry, but I don’t like the red bathroom vanity; it looks kind of cheap to me. Those minor things that could easily be changed and with some high quality modern furnishings it would be stunning.




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