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Listings We Love: A Modern Loft In A 19th-Century Church

A gothic revival complete with stained glass windows, exposed beams, and even a private elevator.
Listings We Love: A Modern Loft In A 19th-Century Church
One of many stained glass windows visible from the loft. All photography courtesy of MRIS.

It’s safe to say just about anyone would jump at the opportunity to peer out the leaded glass windows every morning in this gorgeous modern loft recently listed in historic downtown Annapolis. Built in the late 1800s, the former Methodist church began its transformation into three luxurious modern apartments in 2002 under the direction of Gary Schwerzler and Pete Miller of 4th Street Design, an Annapolis-based architecture firm that directed the careful restoration of the building, which is now referred to as The Parish House.

The structure bears signatures of Victorian Gothic design blended with influences from the Norman Romanesque tradition, and has retained all of it’s original exterior features, including a grand corner tower, pointed arches, and gable fronts. However, the rough stone exterior shields a newly-refined interior: tucked-away alcoves, a modern airy kitchen, graphic wallpaper, updated surfaces, and a private elevator designate the modern loft as anything but antiquated. Were it not for drama-inducing features like a massive original stained glass window dominating the common area, and the lattice-work of whitewashed, exposed structural beams holding up the ceiling, one might forget they are residing in a century-old church at all.

Here are the details:

Address: 39½ Maryland Avenue, Unit #2, Annapolis
List Price: $1,099,000
Square Footage: 2,362
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5

The property is being listed by Elizabeth Heinsohn of Long & Foster. You can find more information and the full listing here.

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The master bedroom opens to a small seating area overlooking the largest stained glass mosaic.
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The den highlights the apartment’s structure including restored architectural beams and the original stonework walls.
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Views from the loft include a peek down into the restored open kitchen.
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The kitchen features modern copper hardware, stormy grey cabinetry, and a tiled backsplash.
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A second bedroom features sloped ceilings and a commanding architectural support.
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The dining room and living room are wallpapered in a modern graphic print.
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The exterior of The Parish House.

Checkout more modern lofts we love including a contemporary find in Capitol Hill, a DIY transformation in LeDroit Park, an airy build in Logan Circle, and a renovated schoolhouse on the Hill.

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Hayley is an Assistant Editor at Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Bloomingdale. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.