Chicago Church Becomes a Home for a Music Lover

Chicago Church Becomes a Home for a Music Lover

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Chicago Church Becomes a Home for a Music Lover

Tim Gray’s living room was once lined with pews. Today, the recently renovated space has an open-concept lounge feel with exposed timbers and pops of rich color. But from 1920 until about 2004, the structure in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood was a church.

Though two owners worked to convert the building to single-family use before Gray bought it, he’s the first to live in the completed house. And with the help of designer Dan Rak, who found inspiration in Gray’s love of music and the building’s history, life is echoing off the soaring ceilings again.

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dduvet
Nicely done and managed to make it look really homely, not churchy! Really interesting, sophisticated and I’m sure it ‘sounds’ great in there.
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Ann

Outstanding


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jenberry72

Really tranquil space and beautiful design. Glad you found a designer who "got" you :)

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gguilf

I love this place - what a wonderful place to call 'home'. Was any of the furniture purchased from Houzz? Especially the orange/ green chairs?

Thanks!

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Birdie Miller Designs

Maybe Arlo G. will stop by to play with you... LOL Great lookin project (home). Nice work.

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Stephanie Blatt

The house and the furniture look amazing! As are the exposed brick and wood beams. Nicely done!

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alexandragarciabaudrit
Awesome!!!
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Lisa Davis
I love it!!! Your designer did you place justice!! Very warm and inviting.
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Monique Fields
What a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind space; enjoy every inch of it!
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Alice Watkins
Love the orange lounge chairs. Guests would definitely prefer these over a sofa or loveseat
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rgm_15
awesome - I love that it was a church. i dream of one day creating my home from something totally unexpected
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Andrea Idudhe
I would love to live in a home like this.
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Monica Murray

Love everything about the color palette, the use of the different materials and the sophistication. Please call me if you ever sell!!

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Sobia Shahid
Nice setting
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Denise Erickson

AMAZING! Fell in love with the dog, too!

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bizeebees

beautiful design, honoring the architectural framework, with color, art, and most importantly the clients personality. Inviting, practical , and unique, loved this!!!

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reupser
I particularly like Dan Rak’s quotes about not needing a designer if they just pick everything you would have picked yourself and respecting the original historic design. Beautifully done!
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David

God forbid that it should look as if this guy just took up residence in an abandoned chapel. Naturally it would not do to retain ecclesiastical trappings in the repurposing---pews, crosses, monstrances, and the like (which I happen to love reused in more inherently domestic environments). But it is nice how the doors and windows have kept their Gothic headers and look hip in the process. The transformation of this structure is intelligent and way cool. The only thing is that I was hoping to hear the owner is an organist and kept the building's original instrument, but that, I guess, would be a pipe dream.

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Emily H

@gguilf Here's a Houzz Shop ideabook that can point you to some of the items in the home. Enjoy! https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/115924763

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koya university
I like it design is very modern and comfortable
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Eclipse Designs Inc. by Celina Basagoitia

Amazing job! I love the main social area not only is open but it gives you different spaces within the main space. Also the natural light, the materials used work perfect!

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Jan Yatsko

I know how he feels. I am sooo lucky to live in the house that I live in!

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TeresaD
Love the various sitting arrangements and color. Cold winters there - heating will be interesting.
Great color on the front facade, and the iron fence. Beautiful.
   
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cjrisk
Amazing!
   
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pr4tess
I love what you’ve done with this place! It is beautiful! The designer is awesome. Great executed vision. ENJOY!
   
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Baar design associates
Well done
   
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Valerie Harrell
Totally Awesome home it's so beautiful. Your designer has done fantastic job creating a space that fits ur personality and just a wonderful place 2B.
   
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James Sarkor
that is extremely beautifully done great job
   
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deneseday
Fantastic ~•
   
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Michelle
Cool space
   
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jeffersonmanor
Absolutely amazing.
   
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Kalabalu WordPress

A masterpiece

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joncrow

Is the brushed nickle panel over the stove an exhaust fan? If so, that is the coolest. So much more non-intrusive than an exhaust hood.

   
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kries

Perfection!

   
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vernnieg
absolutely stunning!
   
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dbbd

Love this!

   
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weezil

This is the first and only church conversion that I have ever thought was really well designed. I wouldn't want random people walking in though.

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Eileen Cohrs

Excellent design. Beautiful tribute to the church’s past while bringing it into the present.

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Justin Douglas Grimsley
awesome!
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Carrie Anderson

Absolutely beautiful renovation... and critically important, big dog friendly!

   
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wedreambuilders

Really nice. |n almost all of Canada high cielings mean accessive $ spent on heating a home and needing help to do the big Spring cleaning, infact lots of regular cleaning too. Open concept homes keep you from closing off the unused rooms once the furnace is turned on for 6 months. As we must act responsibly towards the environment to save our resources and ourselves such a huge and lovely home is only wishful thinking for most of us.

   
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mitsy13

Excellent decor that works with the structure - some I've seen just appear to violate the building. But to me a church should always be a church, although he appears to respect its heritage.

“Look at the style of the architecture that you’re working with,” Rak says. “You can certainly inject some more contemporary leanings if you’d like to, but overall you just need to be cognizant of the architectural style and the history, that it’s respected.” Wish more designers would embrace this philosophy when working with buildings as have seen many on Houzz that sadly don't do this. A designer with this attitude would definitely win me over.