A church bell tower became a stunning South End condominium

Once a church from the 1870s, the architects of this house turned it into a lovely glass-walled living space with a view of the city skyline.


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140 Shawmut Ave., Unit 8B, South End
Price: $ 4,975,000
Size: 2,589 square feet
Bedroom: 3
Bathroom: 3 full, 1 partially

If you’re a kid of the nineties, you probably remember the classic Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was a slightly more kid-friendly version of the Victor Hugo classic that focused on the antics of Quasimodo, the hunchback who lived in the bell tower of Notre Dame. Sure, he had it a bit rough (brought up by a cruel father figure, constantly judged for his looks, wasn’t allowed to leave his room), but you have to admit, his interior living in a small tower high above the city in a beautiful church was pretty Nice. Now you can enjoy the same unnamed and no limitation luxury within the city of Boston in this beautiful South End penthouse.

This property is located in The Lucas, a 33-piece luxury building that was formerly the German Trinity Church but was converted into condominiums in 2017. However, the building retained its original facade from the 1870s. The result is a stunning brick structure with Gothic arches and towers on the outside but modern living within the walls. There is a direct elevator to this penthouse unit which was custom built by the current owners who purchased the house while it was still under construction. Under her watchful eyes, the space transformed into a stylish, mid-style unit, with glass curtain walls that overlook the surrounding South End neighborhood and Back Bay buildings (not quite like the Parisian skylines, but it will do )).

But what is most impressive about this unit is not the windows or 300 m of outdoor space including a roof terrace. The most incredible feature of this already fabulous apartment is the “bell tower”. The architects of this house designed the former bell tower of the church into a sophisticated living room with six Gothic arched windows, which, to be honest, you don’t find in many other townhouses. Add the concierge services, gym, pet spa and parking that are part of the building and you will live the high life Quasimodo could only dream of thanks to this fantastic apartment.

For more information, please contact Alan Duggan, Compass, Compass.com.

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