A 118-Year-Old Church Turned Single-Family Home Makes for Peaceful Living

This historic single-family home boasts more than 6,000 renovated square feet and 44-foot ceilings.

825 Overton Street

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell

When we talk about open floor plans, they’re typically not this open. This historic 1901 Colonial Revival church that was converted into a single-family home boasts more than 6,000 renovated square feet. The first floor’s great room (the church’s former nave) features 44-foot ceilings and includes a living room, dining space, and entertainment area. We’re talking three couches, six chairs, a dining table, four chandeliers, and a billiards table strategically arranged all in one open space.

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell

We’re especially fond of the kitchen, which previously served as the church’s sanctuary/alter. The remodeled space comes equipped with a butcher block island, an eight-seat bar, a small table, and, best of all, a stained glass window built into the bookshelf above the seven-burner stove. In addition to two full and half baths, the four-bedroom abode includes several restored features throughout, like Mississippi white pine flooring, six stained glass windows, exposed wooden beams, and an iron front gate that was manufactured by the 1858 Buecker Iron Works of Newport.

What about the master suite? Formerly the choir loft, it maintains the open floor plan theme, with lofty ceilings, exposed beams, and no door. Think New York City loft meets modern farmhouse. And opposite its massive walk-in closet, an equally large master bathroom includes his and her sinks, a walk-in shower, and a luxurious spa-like bath.

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker West Shell

Although the home doesn’t include a yard, it’s located among tree-lined streets and an eclectic mix of architecture in Newport’s East Row Historic District—the second largest historic district in Kentucky behind Russellville. That means, along with its neighbors, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also a quick 15-minute walk from Newport on the Levee and several other popular neighborhood destinations. Needless to say, this home’s history and its prime location make for peaceful living at its best.

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