11 Derelict Buildings Given an Amazing Makeover

Thanks to a growing number of philanthropists, designers and everyday people, once impressive buildings are being restored and given a new lease of life. Here we discover 11 buildings that inspire us to rescue that forgotten barn, windmill, church or warehouse.

All around the world, there are grand buildings, houses and structures falling into disrepair. But thanks to a growing number of philanthropists, designers and everyday people, some of these once impressive buildings are being rescued and restored to their former glory, or re-imagined and given a whole new lease of life.

Inspired by My Dream Derelict Home on LifeStyle HOME, we explore 11 buildings that inspire us to recue that forgotten barn, windmill, church or warehouse. 

1. This public art project between American artist Mathew Mazzotta and The Coleman Centre For The Arts have lovingly transformed this derelict property into a free, open-air theatre in Alabama. Arising from a need for more public spaces, and a solution to the high number of abandoned buildings in the town, the structure was cleverly reconstructed so the roof and walls fold down to seat 100 people. 

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2. Zecc Architechten has transformed this old church into a chic modern home. While it’s furnished with modern conveniences, the design honours its original aesthetic with high ceilings, stained glass windows, a preserved organ and a large cross above the entrance. 

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3. Russian street artist Nikita Nomerz has garnered worldwide fame by applying his graffiti artworks to transform dilapidated buildings into characters brimming with personality. He tailors his work around the structure of the buildings to transform eyesores into striking, and sometimes scary personas.

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4. This is a train that’s not going anywhere apart from snoozeville! Visitors can spend a night in this renovated train caboose at the Izaak Walkton Inn in Essex, Montana. Nine authentic cabooses and railcars have been completely renovated to resemble charming cabins. 

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5. It’s hard to believe this incredible family home in the small coastal town of Villeranche sur Mer on the French Riviera was once a water cleaning station built in 1910. With a long and rich history and plenty of stories to tell, the 5400 square food residence now has three bedrooms and bathrooms, a five-car garage and heated swimming pool.

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6. The story of this unusual residence begins in 1877 when the Venetian-Gothic Water tower was built in South East London as part of a workhouse and infirmary that later became Lamberth Hospital. As years passed, it began to deteriorate until it was finally bought in 2008 by Leigh and Graham Osbourne who saw the potential and converted it into a modern home they’ve nicknamed the “Cube”, and boasts 360-degree views across London.

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7. It’s only fitting that when a glamorous Parisian nightclub is abandoned, it should be turned into an equally glamorous art gallery. This is exactly what happened to the Les Baines Douches night club, where 50 street and fine artists regularly add signature pieces to the pop up gallery. 

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8. This Grade II-listed windmill in Edenbridge was built in 1815 and until 1886 was used to grind flour. Now converted into an unusual three-bedroom home, it has retained many of its splendid original features, including exposed brickwork and beams, louvered shutters and its ornamental weathervane.

9. This house built in the 1700s was in ruins until it was salvaged by its current owners. Given a new lease of life and a contemporary upgrade, the existing stone walls are interposed with sleek glass, and sympathetic extensions in what can only be described as an architectural feat.

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10. For years, the St. Nicholas Church, originally built in 1790 in Kyloe, Northumberland lay in ruins  until one couple fell in love with it and decided to renovate. The yard is still full of headstones, while the vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows compliment the modern trimmings.

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11. Built in the mid 1700's, Chateau de Gudanes – once a haunt for French aristocrats - was in a state of ruin. Then in 2013 an Australian family took on the huge responsibility of awakening this sleeping beauty after years of neglect. Still a work in progress, the Chateau now stands proudly in the south of France in the small village of Chateau-Verdun. Future plans include tours, a café, accommodation, and facilities for weddings, music festivals, local fêtes, workshops, conferences, seminars and courses. 

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Would you like to rescue and renovate a dilapidated building or home? Let us know by commenting below!

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Posted by Sandra1521Report
The St. Nicholas Church is absolutely gorgeous. That couple that chose to renovate has done a beautiful job. I bet those headstones tell a story in themselves. Do you know if they are planning on hiring someone to do monument restorations for them? http://www.perthmonumentalworks.com.au/servicesgeneral.html