All Themes: 9

Church Lofts

11 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
In recent years, numerous religious institutions and congregations have sold their places of worship in the real estate market in response to declines in religious membership and participation. At the same time, a growing demand for creative…

Church Breweries

26 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
Craft breweries have had something of a revival of late. Craft beer is firmly established as a key component of the contemporary creative urbanite and a hot spot for urban revitalization, redevelopment and gentrification. In recent years,…

Ruination

4 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
Runis and runiation were central to the imagination of the romantic era. In the modern period, as religion and the church were increasingly critiqued and their power curtailed, ruins, including ruins of religious buildings, came to be seen as…

Performance and Play Space

13 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
Over that last several decades, cities and towns in the global north have increasingly become intense places for entertainment, performance, amusement and play. Former churches and worship spaces of all kinds are now popular buildings reused as play…

Community Centres

10 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
While there are many possible reuses for former worship spaces, some of the most publically-minded include those used for community spaces. Cecil Community Centre, Toronto Given the right context (e.g. financial, heritage preservation, need),…

Social Enterprises

3 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
Religious organizations often establish faith-based organizations and social enterprises, that is nongovernmental market-based approaches, to secure funding and carry out social and religious initiatives that either replace or supplement secular…

Demolished Worship Spaces

2 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
The demolition and deconstruction of worship spaces, like other buildings, takes place all the time. Churches, shrines and temples that have outlasted public 'value', spaces that are considered too costly to upkeep, or places that are…

Lounges, Nightclubs and Strip Joints

3 Locations ~ Curated by The After Church Atlas Team
Some of the more controversial reuses for worship spaces includes those that become lounges, nightclubs and strip joints. In some case, religious institutions and organizations will enforce a 'covenant', a particular condition, upon the…