DENVER — In a city where slot apartments at times dominate the landscape, it’s unique to see an older piece of the city’s history find new life.

The property at 2283 Ogden St. used to be a church … and it still looks like one from the outside. But on the inside, developer Charles Nash has converted the space into four homes that integrate the church’s choir loft and stain glass windows.

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Historic church
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

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One of those is on the market, and the realtor gave 9NEWS a tour. Keep scrolling for photos of the property and a gallery. (Check out the listing here: bit.ly/2KWwKYt.) 

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Fast Facts 

Looking down at the church
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

Price: $2.1 million ($435.87 per square foot)

Size: 4,818 square feet, with three bedrooms and five bathrooms (two full, three partial)

HOA dues: $405 a month

Parking: 3 spaces inside of a covered garage  

The History 

New Hope Baptist Church
Courtesy Denver Public Library Digital Archives

The church was first built in 1906. It was initially First Presbyterian Church but was renamed New Hope Baptist Church in 1947. Shortly thereafter, it became the neighborhood center for the civil rights movement … and received visits from its heroes.

Coretta Scott King addressed the congregation as part of Women’s Week in March 1958. Her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, partnered with Rev. M.C. Williams during a visit to Denver in 1964 to support the Civil Rights Act. 

During that visit, he heard a song at New Hope Baptist Church that would later be played at his funeral. 

Choir at old church
Black (African American) members of the New Hope Baptist Church adult choir pose in the church at 23rd (Twenty-third) Avenue and Ogden Street in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The men and women wear robes.
Courtesy Denver Public Library Digital Archives

The church relocated in 1993. In 2010, Nash and architect Norman Cable reimagined the church as a place to live.

The last owners of the unit we visited added features from all over the world. Here are some examples: 

- The entry doors are from a castle in India 

Doors from India
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

- The living room has hand-carved pillars from a mosque in India 

Handcarved pillars
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

- A wine bar in the master bedroom (not really a feature from all over the world, but you have to admit that's the dream

Master bedroom wine bar
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

- A hidden Murphy bed in the living room 

Murphy bed
Realtor Mary Gerwin opens the book shelves to reveal a Murphy bed in the main room.
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

Take a tour of some of the rooms

The main room

The large main room is built for entertaining, with 30-foot ceilings and natural light from the original stain glass windows. 

This space has a "library" with a separate seating area, a marble table that's placed on reinforced teak wood, and more chairs in front of the fireplace. 

Top to second floor
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
Study area
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
Stained glass windows
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

The kitchen

The kitchen has multiple sinks, huge pantries, and a special grill. 

New kitchen
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
A view of the kitchen
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

The master bedroom

Wine bar
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

The patio 

The rooftop deck, which you can access from the master bedroom, has a unique view of downtown Denver. 

More view from deck
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
View from the deck
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

The bathrooms 

The master bathroom has a double vanity, marble floors and tile, and a steam shower. 

More master bathroom
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
Master bathroom
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

The studies 

One of the studies used to be the choir loft. The other has a view of the main room. 

One of the two studies
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA
Study that was choir loft
Tyler Lahanas, KUSA

Check out the gallery below for more images of the property! 

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