Is there anything cooler than an old church that’s been renovated into a private residence? It’s definitely our favorite type of renovation, so imagine how much we jumped up and down in our chairs when we laid eyes on this 1920s former Lutheran Church in midtown Kingston. Not only is the Gothic exterior well-preserved, the oak double doors open onto a one-of-a-kind living space perfect for anyone dreaming of living in an open loft. And, speaking of space, with nearly 6000 square feet, this residence is swimming in it, as evidenced by the fact that the current owners have parked a vintage car in there.
The main room/former sanctuary includes stained glass windows, wood floors, 40′ ceilings with scissored trusses, and two bedrooms (one of which is a sleeping loft in the former organ loft). The lower level once served as the church’s gathering hall, so of course we’re boggling at the amount of potluck dishes that once passed through from the kitchen. These days, it’s a cozy family room with wood stove and pressed tin ceilings, open to the kitchen and dining room, with access to the garden area through a side door. There’s also a 1000 square foot studio/multipurpose room/performance venue/workshop. Just look at the pictures already! This place is so cool.
As for keeping a place this size warm during the winter, the 2003 renovation of the church included three forced air natural gas heating systems, a new roof, and cathedral ceiling insulation. Two solar thermal units on the exterior back wall of the main sanctuary hall supplement the forced air heating system and provide additional efficiency.
355 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston (Westwood Metes & Bounds)