Could this 1959 chapel off Memorial Drive be destined for a creative rebirth like a number of churches around Atlanta in recent years? Or will it fall in favor of its 5,000-square-foot plot being used as a blank slate?
That is the question in Taco Town, a formerly Latino enclave in the northern blocks of Grant Park, east of Boulevard.
The Tabernacle Community Baptist Church (originally Cameron Christian Church) property listed Friday with Real Living, Capital City Real Estate, asking $550,000. The 2,000-square-foot building is zoned R-5, or two-family residential, and is not historically protected.
“However, it’s such a unique space that it would make a great home, condo, or Airbnb renovation,” listing agent Samantha McKinlay tells Urbanize Atlanta.
Located about three blocks from the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, with Atlanta Dairies and the rest of Memorial Drive’s groundswell of recent development nearby, the 60-year-old house of worship has location on its side these days.
As the listing notes, the charming steeple and double entry doors are intact, and the remainder of the building is “solid [and] well-kept” with “outstanding potential” for conversion. The setting is a quiet street with no shortage of preserved older housing.
As is, the interior has two bathrooms, a downstairs kitchen, an office, and a somewhat serene space for full-on baptisms. External access from the basement leads to what could be covered parking or a side-yard hangout.
Remaking the church for a totally new use wouldn’t be without recent precedent on Atlanta’s eastside.
The 1200 Ponce condo project has transformed the 1950s Druid Hills United Methodist Church, in the way that architecture firm Kronberg U+A’s Reynoldstown offices reimagined a 1920s AME church; Dad’s Garage overhauled the Atlanta Metropolitan Christian Church in Old Fourth Ward; and Lizzie Chapel Flats reclaimed a 1930s Inman Park church listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Still, as the listing notes, with “no historic limitations, [the Taco Town church] is ready for … whatever its next owners are inspired to create!”
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