Converted Roxborough Church House For Sale


This former church lay in ruins for 40 years before a developer turned it into several custom residences. This one in particular will delight your soul.

The former Fourth Reformed Church of Roxborough now contains several unique residences. The people who purchased the church’s former Sunday School wing at 308 Monastery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128, transformed it into a striking modern home that channels the spirit of the church. | Bright MLS images via Coldwell Banker Realty unless otherwise noted

When we last reported on the structure that became this converted church house in Roxborough for sale, its foyer looked like this:

house for sale roxborough converted church sanctuary foyer in 2012

Home of the sanctuary in 2012 | Photograph by Laura Kicey

It was 2012, two years before we wrote about the transformation of the former parsonage of the Fourth Reformed Church in Roxborough into a stylish residence.

The “after” photos in this article documented the transformation of the presbytery itself. Now you are about to see what happened to the church’s Sunday school building.

As this photo should clearly show, this building was in a very sad state when owner Tony Lucente and his wife first saw it in 2012.

“My wife went to see it without me because I was in India at the time,” says Lucente. “And she looked out the front door, and where our dining room table is, a piano had crashed from the second floor because there was a hole in the roof and the rain was coming down. was spilled for 40 years.”

It had been so long since the last congregation to use the place as a church, the Holy Church of Christ, had renounced the Holy Spirit. And it took quite a bit of effort for the Lucentes to make it an even more breathtaking residence than the presbytery.

Tony explains that they had an idea of ​​what they wanted it to look like, but after that they left the realization of that vision to the builder and architect they hired.

After buying the space in 2012, he says, “We were kind of overwhelmed,” and they went online to look for pictures of churches that had been turned into homes. But, he says, after that, “the builder did all the work. I found a picture of a church that had been converted into a house, downloaded it, and said to the builder, “Can you do that? And he said yes.

Ultimately, however, they secured professional design help, turning to LHS Residential Design to complete the transformation with developer Andy Thomas, who owned the entire building and carried out the construction work. . And as these photos should show, the transformation is impressive, even more so than the one that took place at the presbytery.

house for sale roxborough converted church living room

Living room, lunchroom

The ground floor was where the Sunday school was located. An original Warren Muller chandelier hangs from the lobby ceiling. Part of the seating and game space serves as a living room, where a decorative fireplace has been installed.

house for sale roxborough converted church dining room and kitchen

Living/dining room and kitchen

The redesign transformed its former stage into a kitchen, setting it apart from the living room with Gothic arches.

house for sale roxborough church converted into kitchen


This kitchen, of course, is very well equipped. Her equipment includes two commercial-grade Wolf five-burner gas ranges under a commercial-grade hood and a pot filler. You will also find a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, farmhouse sink, dishwasher, hidden coffee station and built-in microwave. Another original Warren Muller chandelier hangs above the island. And the floor, backsplash and fireplace all surround the Moroccan tiles of Mosaic House in New York.

rear terrace

Rear terrace

The rest of the Sunday school has been converted into a rear patio surrounded by the original exterior wall of the church. Together, these three spaces are perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining – and there’s plenty of room for either, depending on the weather.





The second floor master suite is equally well designed and equally well thought out. It begins with a bright boudoir open to the staircase.

den balcony

Lair Balcony

French doors lead from the den to a balcony with views of the surroundings.

master bedroom

master bedroom

The master bedroom is as spacious and airy as the den, with light streaming through the windows framing the door to its private balcony enhancing the airiness. The bedroom balcony overlooks the back patio.

main bathroom

Main bathroom

main bathroom

Main bathroom

The master suite also has two large dressing rooms and a sumptuously equipped bathroom.



The third floor contains three more bedrooms, the linen closet and that cool bathroom with a double sink that should bring some of you readers back to your school days – it just took me the.

And even though this house is on Monastery Avenue, you won’t live a monk’s existence here. First of all, this house is begging you to invite people there. And second, it’s close to the heart of Roxborough’s main shopping district along “The Ridge”.

And you can combine fun and exercise by walking the slightly longer distance to the main street of Manayunk, down the hill from here. Exit the front door, turn right, then turn right onto Manayunk Avenue. Take a left on Lyceum Avenue, which becomes Levering Street halfway up the hill, and when you get to the bottom you’ll be in the middle of everything, not to mention the Manayunk Regional Rail Station.

This converted church house in Roxborough for sale combines luxury, style and comfort in a unique package. And it puts it all in one convenient place. This could be the answer to your prayers. It was certainly for the Lucentes, who would no doubt remain residents here had they not found employment in Los Angeles.



THERMES: 2 full, 1 half



OTHER THINGS: This house also comes with two deeded parking spaces and two storage spaces in an underground garage which you can access by stairs from the kitchen.

308 Monastery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 [Philip Cacalcanto |Cavalcanto Team | Coldwell Banker Realty]

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