MNN Galleries

10 historic churches reborn as something else

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 28, 2015, 3:12 p.m.
The interior of the Church Brew Works

Photo: iris/flickr

7 of 12

Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh

The Church Brew Works is housed in a building that was originally constructed as a church. St. John the Baptist Church was built in Pittsburgh in 1902. The city was booming at the time, and there were a number of churches in the area serving the different immigrant communities. St. John the Baptist hosted masses right up until 1993, when it was officially deconsecrated. (After deconsecration, Roman Catholics no longer consider a church a holy place.)

The brewery renovated the building over the next three years, opening its doors in 1996. Today, Brew Works has a beer-hall vibe, but the church's pillars, altar area and vaulted ceilings are still visible. Some of the pews are still used for seating.