Adaptive reuse is one of the best forms of creative and eco-friendly construction. Whether it's a former school house or church, buildings with a past life often make for some of the most interesting homes and interiors. This social hall in New York City is no exception — the 32-foot barrel arched ceilings, porthole windows, stage lighting and old wood floors make a for a one-of-a-kind residence.Dating back from the 1860s, this hall has served many functions. The building was originally used to host dances, social events and conventions. Later, towards the end of the 20th Century, it was heavily renovated and converted gallery space, a lecture hall, library, restaurant and bar, as well as living and studio spaces for artists.
This space is a full-floor 6,785 square-foot loft with 11 rooms, 4 bedrooms, a solarium and terrace. The loft has many industrial design elements including reclaimed wood floors, marble, brick archways, and a wood-burning fireplace. The residence was purchased in 2004 for $4 million, and is now back on the market for a steep $25 million.