Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We Bought A Church!

Well, we really did it... bought a church that is.  I am SO excited! When we opened our shop a year ago, there was not much to choose from in the retail space department, and certainly nothing with any carachter or history. About three months after we opened, my favorite building in our little town of Monument went up for sale. It was the original Catholic church in Monument and was  built in 1911.  We had looked at it last Fall but it didn't seem feasable at the time.  The owner recently dropped the price and we went back for a second look. We decided to make an offer and WE GOT HER!  I am so excited to know that we will be carrying on the legacy of this little jewel. We had our inspection yesterday and I have to say it gave me chills to look up into the attic and just wonder what stories lie within these walls.  I am taking lots of before and after photos so I will keep you all posted on our progress.



This is a photo of the original  church circa 1911


This is how it appears today

Eventually, we would like to restore her back to (of course) white paint,
but for now I am just so happy to have her.

I will be linking up to Kathleen's White Wednesday
be sure to stop by and enjoy all of the creativity!


Thanks so much for stopping by~

27 comments:

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Do you mean you'll be converting her to a shop? Very interesting. Can't wait to follow the story...

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

That is so exciting! We almost bought an old school house but it needed too much in repairs. Those old places like that have so much neat history!!

Gail Peterson said...

What a special purchase.. I'm sure she needed some Love and Attention and sounds as if you will be the one to give her that!
Congratulations.
Blessings,
xo,
Gail
casualloveselegance.blogspot.com

Petite Michelle Louise said...

congratulations! very exciting news! I adore the architecture of old churches. i am sure yours will be stunning inside and out. Bonne Chance! :)

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Oh you lucky goose you ...!!!

I'm salivating ...what fun you are going to have and no less a church !

Your living my dream ...

Congrats !!!

Blessings ..Sara

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! So glad you did so i could follow you back and peek around your blog. Congratulations on your store! Very exciting time for you! xoox, tracie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful building! I love old churches! Of course there's a reason for that having been a pastor's wife, they kind of charm me! Congratulations, it's beautiful and charming too! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. I'm signing up to follow your venture. Hope you'll stop by and visit me too.

Blessings,
Sandi

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh my gosh, how exciting! I can't wait to follow the progress and then, come to the shop. I still need to visit you in your current one. But I am afraid I might try to distract you while I steal that couch. And you know the one I'm talking about! Maybe this weekend...

Hugs,
Judy

Theresa said...

You have my dream, We have a little church in town that the owner uses as storage. I feel so bad for it, it deserves to have a life of purpose other than storage. I want to find the owner and convice him that I should have it! I can't wait to see what you do with yours! xoxo

Kristen said...

Wow Shawna, that is so awesome, and I am sooooooo jealous! Just kidding! It is so quaint and cute, love it! If it is anything like your blog it will be awesome! Wish I lived closer. Congrats!
(...Okay a tad jealous - ha!) =)

Margo said...

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by my place today because I now know where you are!! Your new purchase is awesome! Will it be the home of your shop??
Come by again!
Hugs from Arizona, Margo

A Cottage Muse said...

How exciting...can't wait to see what you share with us!!

Tanya said...

How very exciting. I would be tempted to move in!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Stop by my place when you can. I am hosting a Romantic Prairie Style photo challenge and I'd just bet you have some photos to enter...not going to make it to the shop this weekend. Maybe another time...

Hugs,
Judy

Trisha said...

Love your little church. What a jewel you have found. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

xoxo
Trisha

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Shawna, Oh, this little church is fantastic! I look forward to seeing what you do with it. I love old church buildings. They are just so unique. I helped decorate Starting Grounds Church & Coffee Shop with antiques, red velvet draperies and old stained glass windows hung on chains. We are still a church, but with some restored vintage character.
Have a great Sunday!
~ Julie

Carolina Mountains said...

Very exciting. I have friends who lived in a church they refurbished. So glad you got it!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely blog and lovely pictures!!!
Best wishes,
Titti

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

So glad you stopped by! I'll be following your blog and adventures as well. Just an FYI...I'll be hosting my first giveaway beginning Wednesday, April 20th so be sure to tune in.
Blessings and Hugs,
Karen

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I just signed on as a follower and am so glad I found you!!

I love that you bought a church....I wish I lived closer so I could come visit! I will be sure and keep up with the progress you are making with it.

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...
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THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

WONDERFUL A CHURCH AND IT WILL BE A SHOP .CONGRATULATIONS.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY VISIT TO MY BLOG.LOVE YOUR TRUCK..XO...SANDRA

Miss Gracie's House said...

How can you sleep at night?!!! What fun you will have:)
Rene

Mary Ellen said...

WHat a neat building to buy!! I love the sweet little settee and pretty yellow paint.

Margo said...

Just popping in to see your progress....

chezjolly said...

How exciting! Congrats :)
-Jessica & Holly
Etsy.com/shop/chezjolly

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's fully restored. You really have a awesome project ahead of you.

-Zane of ontario honey