Category: churches

Nearer my God to thee

26 December, 2013 (09:00) | Building Codes, churches, Configuration, Housing, informality, Local issues, structural risks, trees, wood | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   Something about houses speaks to primal instincts within people, especially men, for many of the great obsessive builders have been men, to which list we must add the otherwise personable and rational Horace Burgess of Crossville, Tennessee, whose quest for the heavens, one plank at a time, as reported in the […]

Cannot we consecrate? Part 2, “I expect we will sell it”

8 March, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Cabrini-Green, canon law, Chicago, churches, Housing, Land Value, Law, ownership, Public housing, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   Yesterday, using half a dozen articles anchored by this report in the Boston Globe (October 20, 2012) (blue font), I followed the eight-year vigil of continuous trespassing occupancy by parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, which by now has become a set of […]

Cannot we consecrate? Part 1, “We are not their ATM”

7 March, 2013 (09:30) | Affordability, Cabrini-Green, canon law, Chicago, churches, Housing, Land Value, Law, ownership, Public housing, Zoning |

 By:David A. Smith   As I was researching and writing my multi-part piece on the redevelopment of churches into housing, I came across the remarkable story of St. Frances Cabrini in Scituate, a former church that ought to be redeveloped, and is not being redeveloped because of the stubbornness – they would say faith – […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 3, rebirth into an afterlife

1 March, 2013 (16:29) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Church redevelopment into housing, as we’ve seen in the two preceding parts of this post inspired by a text from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), first requires that the church itself decide to sell the property and then […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 2, rehab purgatory

28 February, 2013 (16:27) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on converting churches into homes, using as its sermon text a Christmastime article from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), focused on why conversions are happening with increasing frequency now – declining parish activity and fortunes and rising urban residential demand had […]