It's a trend that keeps holy-rolling along in the Boston area: the conversion of aged churches into housing. The latest number: the 184-year-old Church of St. John the Evangelist (and its rectory) at 33-35 Bowdoin Street in Beacon Hill. The properties traded hands for $4,500,000 and the new owners are acting fast.
Religious Conversions: Four Hub Chances to Wake Up in Church [Curbed Boston]
Donna Goodison at The Herald reports that the Gothic Revival church itself, where parishioners since 1831 have included Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and T.S. Eliot, will likely be converted into an office for new co-owner Ad Meliora, a real estate investment firm, and two condos. The rectory, a rowhouse done in the Greek Revival style and dating from 1843, should end up as three or four condos. The Episcopal congregation that had worshiped at St. John the Evangelist voted two years ago to merge with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street, thus setting in motion the sale and the expected conversion.
It will be but the latest in the Hub. The new condos at the old St. Augustine's in Southie just dropped; and fresh conversion plans were recently announced for the shuttered Church of the Immaculate Conception in the South End.
· Church to Host Conversion [Herald]
· Here's How Much Condos Cost in a Converted Southie Church [Curbed Boston]
· SoWa Developer Hopes for Apartments in Old South End Church [Curbed Boston]
· Our Second Acts archive [Curbed Boston]