Aleks & Anne's Converted 1875 Church

Aleks & Anne's Converted 1875 Church

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Marcia Prentice
Mar 31, 2011
Name: Aleks Istanbullu & Anne Troutman Location: Santa Monica, California Size: 2400 square feet Years lived in: 7 years Not only is the church that Aleks and Anne call home a historical landmark, it was actually the first church in Santa Monica. It is hard to believe that it only took two weeks and $684 to construct the building. It has gone through many transformations over the years - relocation, bell tower added, social hall added, enlarged, reused as a secular meeting hall, and was eventually bought by artist Helen Sheats who claimed it for her residence. Aleks and Anne planned the move from their multi-level home with a great view of the ocean due to the lack of an open floor plan - they were searching for something more suitable for their lifestyle. By the time they found and purchased the church in 2003, it needed a few updates to restore its architectural character and best utilize the space to fit their needs for both a private and work space. They fell in love with the history behind the converted church and were dedicated to restoring its original character. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our Style: Contemporary intervention into a historic house Inspiration: A place with history and soul in which to live and work Favorite Elements: The character of an old church, a large open space that we could shape freely, an urban garden in the rear yard Biggest Challenge: Balancing public and private spaces without loosing the openness What Friends Say: It is so very warm and cozy Biggest Embarrassment: Hard to keep the dust balls out of sight Proudest DIY: All of it Biggest Indulgence: The mahogany counter and teak rails, the 8 Liquidambar Rotunda Lona trees which could grow to a height of 80 feet Best Advice: Nobody gave us any advice - we probably would not have listened anyway Dream Source: Book stores, Sur La Table, Diamond Foam & Fabric, and Williams-Sonoma Resources of Note: APPLIANCES
  • Viking Fridge and Range
  • Miele Dishwasher
  • Kohler
FURNITURE BEDS ACCESSORIES
  • Swap Meets
HARDWARE FLOORING
  • Existing Douglas Fir
PAINT RUGS & CARPET
  • Random Oriental in family
TILES AND STONE
  • Classic Tile on Wilshire and Santa Monica
WINDOW TREATMENTS
  • None, except for Venetian Lace from Burano
ARTWORK Anne Troutman, Jasper Johns, Chuck Arnoldi, Laddy John Dill, Astrid Preston, William Teresa, and Ali Acerol Thanks Aleks & Anne! Images: Evan Koester • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.
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