House of Worship: Adaptive Reuse Gets Spiritual

Philly Brownstoner has a great report on creative reuse for unconventional spaces—namely, churches:

Applied to sacred spaces, adaptive reuse is a development strategy easily supported from a social perspective. Houses of worship play an important role in characterizing the historic neighborhoods of Philadelphia, their inspiring spires and domes rising above the low roof lines of our rowhouse neighborhoods. The adaptive reuse of historic sacred spaces provides an opportunity for neighborhood cultural landmarks to be cared for, used and enjoyed. After all, accommodations are needed to house the advocacy groups, community services and amenities that revitalization is made of. We should rally around our abandoned sacred spaces and place our hopes in the structures that have historically anchored our communities.

As always, the accompanying images are great.