From the outside, the little church looks like it must have when it was completed back in 1927. Step inside, however, and the interior has been completely transformed.

Bye, bye history. Hello, light-filled modernity, complete with high-end fixtures and a unique architectural design.

In 1923, the people of Louviers, a small bedroom community just outside Denver, together contributed $5,200 to build a village church. Four years later, the chapel was finished and began servicing 200 parishioners — a house of worship that lasted until 1972.

Fast-forward to 1995, when a couple purchased the church for $110,000 and, for one year, used it as a wedding chapel. Afterwards, the owners spent four years and half a million dollars to transform the church into a home.

In 2007, the church hit the Louviers real estate market, when the current homeowners, Bob and Cindy Johnson, purchased it for $510,300. The Johnsons spent an additional $45,000 to continue the renovation, taking it to the next level, said listing agent Linda McConnell.

The result is a special blend of the old church and new home.

“They kept a lot of the originals but added a lot of modern conveniences,” McConnell said. “What I love about it is that it still has the church steeple bell, it still has the antique glass doorknobs, the leaded glass windows and stained glass windows from England.”

While you may see architecture of this nature in Europe, or even parts of New England, McConnell says the home is completely unique for Colorado.

“It’s amazing,” McConnell said.

The entry opens to high ceilings over a living space with hardwood floors. Original foyer doors open to the dining room and kitchen, which has been completely updated with slab granite countertops and custom cabinetry. What was once the choir loft has been converted into an enormous master suite overlooking the living room. An additional four bedrooms, three bathrooms and covered sun patio round out the rest of the home.

The home is priced at $475,000, a 7-percent discount from the sale price in 2007, and reduced 4.2 percent from its previous listing price. With low mortgage rates and a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year-fixed mortgage, the home’s monthly payment will be $2,147, according to Zillow’s mortgage calculator.


About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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