Even after its complete renovation, people could still walk by, climb the stairs and think they were heading to a Sunday service inside of this converted Chicago live/work studio space. Inside the story is similar: wide-open spaces and a high-ceiling center dominate the interior.

A series of movable partitions and space dividers were added for practical reasons, dividing core living areas on the main floor from other functions, but for all intents and purposes much of the original church remains largely intact (including the multi-story bell tower rising up right on the intersection-side corner of the lot).

Around the edges, where side aisles once ran up along the ends of pews, an overhanging balcony creates more comfortable, residential-style areas for ordinary uses to wrap along the walls. In turn, some of these are closed off entirely (bathrooms and bedrooms) while other semi-public zones are left relatively open (dining room and kitchen).

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So much openness and light sounds wonderful, save perhaps the winter heating bills. And though this is a problem most homeowners would be happy to have, the biggest drawback may be the fact that there is indeed a bit too much space for a single family to live in – yet all for under a million dollars. ?(via Curbed)