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6 Churches for Sale in Philadelphia

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All across the country, sacred spaces have for sale signs tacked onto their doors. At worst, they're at risk of demolition. At best, neighbors rally to save the property, with the help of developers converting the place of worship into residences or office space. Fortunately in Philadelphia, a number of churches have been saved from the wrecking ball due to the latter: Take the St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown, for example, which was once at risk of demolition and now will be preserved and converted into residential units.

Here, we've compiled a list of places of worship that are up for sale in Philly, from a $3 million church in Graduate Hospital to a quaint little chapel in the River Wards area.

This map will be updated as listings come and go, but if you know if another property, leave a comment or email philly@curbed.com with the details.

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1. 1640-42 Fitzwater Street

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1640 Fitzwater St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Formerly the First Colored Wesley Methodist Church, this 2,662-square-foot property first hit the market in February 2016. The church has a nearly 200-year-long history, though the congregation now worships in a new location. Included in the hefty price tag is the church, a building to its left on Fitzwater and another building to the left on 17th Street.

Asking Price: $3,000,000

2. 2600 Tasker Street

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2600 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

This large .75-acre property in Grays Ferry is the former St. Aloysius compound. The $2,650,000 price tag includes a whopping 31,900 square feet of space: The church, convent, rectory, offices, the school, banquet room, and a gated parking lot. The broker babble points out that none of the property is historically certified, and it is zoned RSA5, or residential mixed-use.

Asking Price: $2,600,000

3. 2401-2427 N 8th Street

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2427 N 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Built in 1906, the St. Edward the Confessor Church was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1974. The listing actually includes three properties, including the church at 2401-2427 N 8th St., 703-709 West York Street, and the NE Corner N. 8th St. & W. York Street, although the sanctuary and rectory can be purchased separately. Due to the historic nature of the church, the buyer would have to work with the Historical Commission and receive approval before making any significant changes to the property.

Asking Price: $1,100,000

4. 3135-49 W. Montgomery Avenue

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3135 W Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Located just on the edge of Fairmount Park, this 21,000-square-foot property, formerly a synagogue, is also listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Like the other places of worship on this list, it's zoned RSA-5.

Asking Price: $475,000

5. 4130 Cottman Avenue

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4130 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135

This quaint church looks like it belongs somewhere along the Bible Belt. The lot actually has two churches on it, though only one of them is for sale. It measures in at 2,500 square feet, and there is an office, a media control room, and a play room. Property records show that it is currently owned by the Evan Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd and zoned RSA5.
Asking Price: $325,000

6. 5901-7 N Park Avenue

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5901 N Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Formerly, the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, this 13,000-square-foot property started out as a small chapel in 1917. After undergoing a number of expansions throughout its history, the church now includes a 360-seat main worship area, a library, offices, stage, and kitchen. It's zoned RSA-3 for residential/mixed-use, but whatever happens to it, hopefully someone saves the pipe organ.

Asking Price: $499,900

1. 1640-42 Fitzwater Street

1640 Fitzwater St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Formerly the First Colored Wesley Methodist Church, this 2,662-square-foot property first hit the market in February 2016. The church has a nearly 200-year-long history, though the congregation now worships in a new location. Included in the hefty price tag is the church, a building to its left on Fitzwater and another building to the left on 17th Street.

Asking Price: $3,000,000

1640 Fitzwater St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

2. 2600 Tasker Street

2600 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

This large .75-acre property in Grays Ferry is the former St. Aloysius compound. The $2,650,000 price tag includes a whopping 31,900 square feet of space: The church, convent, rectory, offices, the school, banquet room, and a gated parking lot. The broker babble points out that none of the property is historically certified, and it is zoned RSA5, or residential mixed-use.

Asking Price: $2,600,000

2600 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

3. 2401-2427 N 8th Street

2427 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Built in 1906, the St. Edward the Confessor Church was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1974. The listing actually includes three properties, including the church at 2401-2427 N 8th St., 703-709 West York Street, and the NE Corner N. 8th St. & W. York Street, although the sanctuary and rectory can be purchased separately. Due to the historic nature of the church, the buyer would have to work with the Historical Commission and receive approval before making any significant changes to the property.

Asking Price: $1,100,000

2427 N 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19133

4. 3135-49 W. Montgomery Avenue

3135 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Located just on the edge of Fairmount Park, this 21,000-square-foot property, formerly a synagogue, is also listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Like the other places of worship on this list, it's zoned RSA-5.

Asking Price: $475,000

3135 W Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

5. 4130 Cottman Avenue

4130 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135

This quaint church looks like it belongs somewhere along the Bible Belt. The lot actually has two churches on it, though only one of them is for sale. It measures in at 2,500 square feet, and there is an office, a media control room, and a play room. Property records show that it is currently owned by the Evan Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd and zoned RSA5.
Asking Price: $325,000

4130 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135

6. 5901-7 N Park Avenue

5901 N Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

Formerly, the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, this 13,000-square-foot property started out as a small chapel in 1917. After undergoing a number of expansions throughout its history, the church now includes a 360-seat main worship area, a library, offices, stage, and kitchen. It's zoned RSA-3 for residential/mixed-use, but whatever happens to it, hopefully someone saves the pipe organ.

Asking Price: $499,900

5901 N Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141