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Artist turns abandoned 100-year-old church into majestic home
I would have guests over all the time in a place like this, wow.
Colby Maxwell
04.07.22

The church is often referred to as the “house of God”, but for one artist, just “house” was just fine! Art is a man who bought a large church building a few years ago with the intention of refurbishing it. Contrary to what you may think, Art isn’t a clergyman or pastor or anything, he was just looking for a great place to live and work in.

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YouTube - CBC Life

Art bought an abandoned 100-year-old church building in Lambton Shores, Ontario.

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YouTube - CBC Life

When he originally bought the building it was a total disaster and needed some serious work. For many, this was a project they weren’t interested in. For Art, it was an opportunity. Art is an artist (quite the pun) who saw something beautiful under the derelict building. In his words:

“I’ve always been a bit of a closet artist. I like the idea that it was a little run-down. It sort of became an art project on its own … It really was a labor of love, from painting to sculpture, to photography. I was just looking for a space where I could just close the doors and create.”

The building is beautifully intricate and Art has done almost all of the work himself.

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YouTube - CBC Life

The main area is truly massive and was where the sanctuary originally was. Art has couches, chairs, dining tables, and decor all around the large space. With how open the area is, it’s perfect for hosting people and friends without stepping on each other toes! One of the coolest things that Art made sure to do was keep some of the building’s old character around.

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YouTube - CBC Life

Whether it’s pews being used as dining room seating or stained glass casting color across the floor, the building is clearly a church.

YouTube - CBC Life
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YouTube - CBC Life

Even with the spiritual roots, Art has managed to make it a wonderful home. Aside from the main hall with the dining and lounge area, there are bedrooms, bathrooms, and more, all tucked away in their own areas. Each has its own character and all of it looks truly beautiful!

Art has placed some of his own art around the building as decoration.

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YouTube - CBC Life

The building was originally his workshop and he has all sorts of interesting (some might say strange) things around. Walk around a corner and you may just run into a fully dressed mannequin named Monica! Art uses them to test lighting for photography and to help with posing for some of his sculptures.

Currently, the building is listed on Airbnb and is open to renting!

YouTube - CBC Life
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YouTube - CBC Life

Art still uses it as a playground, but he also gets a little income from the refurbished building. During his tour with CBC Life, he says:

“This is a place where after I walk in and close the door, I can just be who I am and feel the most comfortable.”

Looking at the design of the place, it sure makes sense!

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YouTube - CBC Life

You can check out Airbnb if you want a detailed look at the place.

YouTube - CBC Life
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YouTube - CBC Life

Art has his house listed on Airbnb and it’s totally worth a peek. His listed description?

“Don’t be a bird. Stay in a large 100-year old church conversion like a peacock. Short drive to the beach. Lots of amenities. Lots of space to spread your wings. Perfect for family reunions who like to play together.”

Make sure you check out the video tour below!

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Source: YouTube – CBC Life, Airbnb

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By Colby Maxwell
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Colby Maxwell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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