Adaptive reuse church dining room
Photo: John Blais
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Divine Inspiration

From Second Acts, December 2000

I'm all for adaptive reuse projects, because the spaces usually offer grand open areas where the preserved details and character of the building's former life set a dramatic table, an almost fairytale atmosphere perfect for entertaining or sharing a formal meal.

This dining room, created from the sanctuary of a church, offers a magical congregation hall with its soaring ceiling, drenching sunshine through slender, pointed-arch gothic windows, warm textures from the thick dark grain of English oak wainscoting, and hardy scrolled arm rests of former pews.

—Mark Powers, technical editor
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