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This 149-year-old church was turned into a spacious home — see inside!

by Emery Desper / / Source: Zillow

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It's not often that you find a home with a storied American past that has a happy modern ending.

Home inside a church
Nick Doll

This Key West church was erected in 1867 by formerly enslaved people as a place to worship after the Civil War ended; it was rebuilt in 1911.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

Nestled in Bahama Village, FL and dedicated as a historic landmark, the four bedroom, three bathroom home is on the market for $949,000.

Home inside a church
Nick Doll
Church home in Florida
Nick Doll

After the church's Baptist congregation closed the house of worship in the 1970s, the current owner bought it and turned it into a modern sanctuary.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll
Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

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With careful craftsmanship, he created a 2,692-square-foot home with a rustic-church exterior and a warm, open-space interior.

Home that's inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

Listing agents Dean and Keith Townsend of Doug Mayberry Real Estate said the owner chose the church because, at the time, it offered the lowest price per square foot in Key West.

Home that's inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

Although the home retains the look of a place of worship, it feels more like a place to reflect on the importance of sacred spaces.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

In fact, the property includes three living spaces: a two bedroom, one bath main area; a one bedroom, one bath artist's studio; and a charming one bedroom, one bath guest cottage.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll
Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

Wood-paneled walls add warmth throughout the main home, while arched ceilings and stained glass recall the home's history.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

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The master bedroom includes extensive wood ceilings, a built-in bookshelf and a desk area, while the top floor features a loft with skylight windows, exposed wood beams and stylish ceiling fans.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

An oasis awaits in the backyard with an assortment of palm plants. On the way to the guest cottage, a stunning deck and benches fill the shadow of a spectacular shade tree.

Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll
Home inside a church in Florida
Nick Doll

A diminutive porch leads the way into a quaint space with room for a full-sized bed and a delightful bathroom complete with skylight and green tile flooring.

Church inside a home in Florida
Nick Doll

Fellow craftsmen will appreciate the additional shed perfect for storing tools, and the expansive outdoor space will feel like a second home.

Photos by Nick Doll.

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