This former Baptist church in Glendowie has been transformed into an legendary household.
NZ House & Garden’s Clever Conversions distinctive edition capabilities exceptional properties across Aotearoa, including this previous Baptist church in Auckland. Words by Ellen Dorset, photos by Emma Bass.
Legendary architecture and a colourful past impressed the renovation of this previous Baptist church.
With its placing white steeple spearing the sky, sheltered driving an imposing metal fence in the east Auckland suburb of Glendowie, it’s as significantly a landmark today as it was when designed in 1964.
The setting up has had a number of incarnations – church, kindergarten and later a hat manufacturer’s warehouse. The owners, who acquired it currently converted then renovated it, say they are continuously meeting folks who have a link to the location.
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“There have been events when we’ve been released to a person who was baptised or married in this article, or whose kids went to the kindergarten the church held downstairs.”
The top and space of the constructing, and the information of the structural style and design ended up captivating.
“The points that truly acquired me about the place ended up the light-weight, the high quality of the timber joinery and the glazing – they were being all just extraordinary.”
When renovating they set out to have the church motif throughout the two-storey residence, commencing with a corten metal plate, laser slash with the terms The Steeple on the fence outdoors.
Elsewhere, there are crystal clear references to the Baptist link to h2o, such as with the original embossed glass window panels which had been developed to give the illusion of raindrops. The drinking water topic was carried via to the exterior, where by metallic finishes glisten in the sunlight and stained-glass windows and colored lights illuminate the property by night time.
Inside of, the primary 1970s teal patterned Axminster carpet remains – inspiration for the colour scheme of blues and greens, repeated in the cork tiles and stained-glass home windows.
“Before the church put in the carpet it was just a timber floor, and you could see all the stiletto marks in the traces of the pews.”
Colour, texture and pattern have been made use of with vigour in the course of. A multicoloured striped wallpaper accentuates the height of the area connecting the dwelling spot to the bedrooms on the upper degree and the grasp bedroom features a bold purple textured paper.
Structural alterations tightened up some of the empty spaces and manufactured the property much more liveable. The kitchen was redesigned, a new entranceway and sunlight-drenched deck additional, and the primary annex foyer was transformed into a cosy media space. The decrease stage now serves as an business room, adding to its very long checklist of earlier life.
“It was exactly where they held Sunday college and they ran a kindergarten listed here for a while. Later on it was used by Female Guides, knitting teams and apparently even a rock band.
“The good matter about classic conversion jobs is that aspect of the primary zeitgeist stays. You just cannot fake it is a normal sort of household, so you just have to variety of go with it.”
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