Old Buildings Brought Back To Life In Unexpected Ways

There are only so many beautiful old buildings in the world, it’s such a shame when they get torn down and replaced with something new. That doesn’t always have to be the case. I love it when people work with an old building to turn it into something new and equally as stunning, even if it is in an unlikely way.

Maybe the people who built a church in the Middle Ages wouldn’t have pictured it as a supermarket, but that doesn’t make it less impressive, right?

That Is Quite The Living Room

This stunning living room is in a converted Victorian church. Imagine living here? They kept so much of the original structure, but you’d want to if it was that beautiful, wouldn’t you?

an old castle is now a house
Photo Credit: Reddit / misterzeee
Photo Credit: Reddit / misterzeee

The Echo In There Is Probably Amazing

Why let something go to waste when you can use what is there? That was the idea behind this parking garage, anyway. This parking garage used to be a theater in Detroit.

an old theatre made into a parking garage
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoxBopChallenge
Photo Credit: Reddit / BoxBopChallenge

How Very Clever

Why not work with what you’ve got? That’s what this vitamin and supplement store did when they found out they were moving into an old bank with an intact vault.

an old bank is a vitamin store
Photo Credit: Reddit / greeegoreo
Photo Credit: Reddit / greeegoreo

Talk About Working Out In Style

There would be something about working out in a bank that would make you feel really luxurious. Maybe even luxurious enough to actually keep going to work out instead of paying for a membership you don’t use.

gym in what used to be a bank
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yaej
Photo Credit: Reddit / Yaej

The Plumbing Must Be Interesting

The house this person moved into was, at one time, a police station. The people who redid the house turned one of the cells into a bathroom in the basement.

an old jail bathroom kept in tack in an apartment
Photo Credit: Reddit / rebuffedchaff8
Photo Credit: Reddit / rebuffedchaff8

Look At All Those Books

There is something about books in an old theater that just makes sense. It’s a beautiful thing to take the place of one art form and turn it into a home for another. I’d never leave that store!

a bookstore in an old theatre
Photo Credit: Reddit / pikindaguy
Photo Credit: Reddit / pikindaguy

Now That Is A Cozy Room

If I lived in this old church with a living room like that, I would probably never leave my house. Imagine the rent on this place, though? It’s tucked away somewhere in Brooklyn, New York.

an old church that is now an apartment building
Photo Credit: Reddit / HyogaCygnus
Photo Credit: Reddit / HyogaCygnus

That Looks Like A Good Time

This tropical island paradise is in Germany! And, get this, it’s built inside an airship hangar. It currently holds the world record for being the largest indoor waterpark, which is pretty cool.

an old airport hanger turned into a water park
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tropicalislandsresort
Photo Credit: Instagram / @tropicalislandsresort

A Very Thoughtful Repurposing

This old brewing kettle was cleaned up and then turned into a tiny bar! Something about reimagining the old equipment in a relevant way really does this antique beauty a lot of justice.

an old brewery turned into a bar
Photo Credit: Reddit / justincase96
Photo Credit: Reddit / justincase96

“See You In Court!”

This courthouse wasn’t needed anymore, so instead of getting rid of it, they kept the building and turned it into a cute little coffee shop. Let’s hope that they came up with a punny name to go with it.

court turned into a coffee shop
Photo Credit: Reddit / JohnnyBizzlesBallers
Photo Credit: Reddit / JohnnyBizzlesBallers

It’s A Secret

This scary-looking Target used to be the New York City FBI headquarters. The reason they kept these old vaults and safe deposit boxes is because it was cheaper to keep them than to get rid of them.

fbi vault turned into a Target
Photo Credit: Reddit / RutgersUnion
Photo Credit: Reddit / RutgersUnion

The Holy Data Centre

This has got to be one of the most beautiful data centers in the world. It sits in a glass case inside what used to be an old church in Barcelona.

church turned into an old data centre
Photo Credit: Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
Photo Credit: Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

That Is Quite The Project

These people bought an old Masonic Temple and have slowly been renovating it into a sweet house. Imagine being able to tell people that you live in an old Masonic Temple? That alone would be worth it.

an old Masonic temple turned into a house
Photo Credit: Reddit / freemasontomansion
Photo Credit: Reddit / freemasontomansion

This Is Incredibly Gorgeous

It would be so relaxing to sit down and read a good book with a tasty coffee in this synagogue-turned-coffee-shop, don’t you think? It would probably restore your soul as much as your energy level.

synagogue turned into a coffee house
Photo Credit: Reddit / majmou
Photo Credit: Reddit / majmou

A Grocery Store For The Ages

Once upon a time, this grocery store was a theater in the beautiful city of Venice. When you’re a city as beautiful as Venice, beautiful old buildings are a dime a dozen.

a supermarket that used to be a theatre
Photo Credit: Reddit / Scrotus_8
Photo Credit: Reddit / Scrotus_8

What An Interesting Space

An old textile factory seems like a space that you might not be able to do much with, but this library has proved that notion wrong. What a genius idea for that space.

library that used to be a textile factory
Photo Credit: Reddit / sabeltant11
Photo Credit: Reddit / sabeltant11

Do You Think This Place Is Haunted?

This prison was turned into a more welcoming set of rooms when it was turned into an apartment complex. It looks a little dark, but there is a lot of natural light in the rooms.

a prison turned into an apartment
Photo Credit: Reddit / itsthepax
Photo Credit: Reddit / itsthepax

What A Classy McDonald’s

This McDonald’s is a beauty and that’s because it used to be a funeral home. I guess you could say that the food there is to die for. No, for real, they even put cinnamon in your coffee here.

a McDonald's that used to be a funeral home
Photo Credit: Reddit / olliepips
Photo Credit: Reddit / olliepips

Something About This Seems Ironic

Who doesn’t love themselves some deep-fried communist chicken? This KFC is in Belarus, where they kept all the history and imagery after the fall of communism because it’s important to remember your past.

a soviet statue that's now a KFC
Photo Credit: Reddit / stuttgart_flugart
Photo Credit: Reddit / stuttgart_flugart

Let’s Hope It Smells Good

Why not turn an old toilet into a quick drop-in and take-out coffee shop? Maybe every train station should have one of these at the entrances and exits for all of the caffeine-deprived commuters.

a bathroom turned into a coffee shop
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Photo Credit: Reddit / your-conscience-