Here’s a reason to rejoice: A historic church has now been reimagined as a single-family home in New York’s Catskills.
The owners “used a lot of wabi-sabi influence,” explains listing agent Annabel Taylor, with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. This Japanese aesthetic involves the acceptance of beauty as imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
“He kind of leaned into the moodiness of the stone structure, and rather than trying to make it light and bright, I would say moody is the best way to describe this house,” Taylor adds.
“He utilized the bedrock that the house is built into in really creative ways,” Taylor says. “When you walk inside, the first thing you see is a massive piece of bedrock. It’s kind of a ‘wow’ moment.”
The home measures 6,286 square feet and includes the former church steeple.
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“One of my favorite parts of the house is the tower side of the house, which is 5 stories tall, has beautiful views of the Walkill River which it stands next to,” Taylor says. “There’s a spiral staircase connecting each level, so you can look up and it really does look like a tower.”
The tower includes an office area and conversation spaces.
“It just is a very inspiring space,” Taylor says. The owner is “in the creative world, and so he’s created this very imaginative conference room.”
The second story of the home has a 30-foot ceiling with a custom stone and steel fire pit.
There are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, with most of them highlighting the stone walls.
“Most of the beams he’s added, and he used a lot of steel as a cool juxtaposition to the stone and the one hand-hewn beams,” Taylor says. “He’s used the stone to create showers. The bedrock is utilized for either the shower basin or around the bidet. It’s really quite fantastic.”
Taylor says the unorthodox home takes people by surprise.
“It’s massive and tall. The experience from the road and the experience from the lawn are very different. From the road, it looks very much like a church. From the side, you have stone walkways connecting different spaces on the lawn, and you have beautiful, whimsical trees. It really feels like a secret garden or a European garden.”
Since 1876, the structure has been a church and a town hall, as well as a private residence.
Angelica Ferguson is also co-listing this property.