Before they were homes, these unique abodes served different purposes—from a former factory to a windmill. Transformed by visionaries who saw the potential in disused and former commercial spaces, discover how these buildings became spectacular repurposed homes, fit for a modern lifestyle.
Australia— Built in 1884 as the first Salvation Army Barracks in Australia, this historical building in Melbourne has been completely restored as a modern family home. The spacious, open concept modern touches are balanced by original features, such as the original Baltic timber ceiling. The home includes an industrial kitchen and a glass-encased wine room that holds 20,000 bottles.
Connecticut— Sitting on the Connecticut River, this 1960’s windmill has been converted into a four-storey home with three bedrooms, a full bath, wet bar and a living room. Restored in New England shaker style, the windmill has functioning blades and a 360-degree wraparound deck with amazing water views.
Montreal— This historic and unique residence in Montreal, Canada, was formerly a fire station. Completely renovated in 2005 into an inviting family home, it is a cheerful oasis full of unusual architectural details, from the abundant fenestration, to the gracious woodwork, moldings, and of course, the original fire pole. Discreetly located, the home is surrounded by parkland on three sides, and situated on a generous landscaped lot.
Utah— This modern apartment in Salt Lake City within The Broadway Lofts was originally built in 1898 as McDonald’s Chocolate Factory. The home boasts bold, gallery-ready concrete and brick walls, and a 50 ft. glass window wall, creating an avant-garde atmosphere. 18-ft ceilings throughout the open-concept living space create a balance of hip city ambiance with refinished ebony stained oak floors and artistic interior features.