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Former Fishtown Church Converted Into Beautiful Home!

May 9, 2014

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So as you may know (especially if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram,) I do some freelance work around the Philly blog-o-sphere in addition to curating this blog. One of those jobs is with Philadelphia Magazine, where I do a monthly house-tour series in which I explore creative Philadelphian’s inspiring homes.

This month, I had the amazing pleasure of shooting famed Philly photographer, Dominic Episcopo‘s, home: a converted church in Fishtown! (<—Click that link to see ALL the photos of the home.)

I found this house tour especially interesting, because…well, the house was jaw-dropping, for one. But also because I do focus so much on ‘urban exploration’ on this blog. Almost the entire time I was shooting this home, I thought about all the abandoned spaces I’ve seen around Philly and wondered how close this space might have been to being just another forgotten cavity, if Dominic hadn’t found such a fantastic new use for it.

Seems like a lot of old churches are being torn down in Philly right now. Some, I have no doubt, for structural reasons. But for the ones that are otherwise sound, I wonder if we’re not missing a HUGE opportunity to discover more creative uses for them. And that goes for all of Philly’s older/abandoned spaces. If they don’t need to be torn down, can’t we use them in new ways?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2014 6:32 pm

    I had to check this out after seeing your Ruin Porn photographs. This is incredible. I would love love love to live here. What a beautiful and enchanting way of preserving history and architecture. Thanks for sharing.

  2. February 3, 2015 11:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. This is the first time that I found a city photography account that great on IG specifically for Philly. Finally someone locates in Philadelphia. So much beauty that many of us didn’t know of. Cheers and please keep up the good work!

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