A historic building in Charlotte that was once a church has officially been redeveloped into townhomes.
After years of planning and construction, the units of the Archeslocated in Wesley Heights, are now open and available with some familiar touches from the old church, which stood in the neighborhood for decades.
Church transformed into condos
Although the condos are new, the building’s history dates back almost a hundred years.
The iconic Romanesque Revival church was designed in 1927 and later housed the Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, formerly known as the Wesley Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, for 90 years before becoming the AME Zion Church. It later became an annex of the Emmanuel Church of All Nations.
But in 2019, the property was sold and development of the Arches began.
The Arches: cost, design, features
The Arches have 14 units in total in two buildings ranging from $500,000 to $675,000. Some are in a new building constructed last year, but most are in the old church, with pieces of the sanctuary included in the designs.
“The builders retained and preserved the historic integrity of the building and site. But they also kept the stained glass windows, and so there are stained glass windows in every unit of the church, and they’re called The Arches because they have vaulted ceilings. David Hoffman of David Hoffman Realty, the real estate agent, told the Charlotte Observer.
“The goal was to preserve the integrity of the community so that neighbors and homeowners could feel included…you know, there’s so much new construction around that we wanted to maintain the character of Wesley Heights.” »