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10 historic churches reborn as something else

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 28, 2015, 3:12 p.m.
The shopping floor of the Limelight Marketplace in New York City

Photo: Shinya Suzuki/flickr

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Limelight Marketplace

Limelight Marketplace is housed in a building that was built in the 1840s. It was an Episcopal church for more than a century before it was bought by a commune in the 1970s. In an ironic twist, it was owned by a drug counseling organization before one of New York's hottest club promoters took it over in 1983. The club was dubbed Limelight, and famous artist Andy Warhol hosted its inaugural party.

Limelight was notorious for its drug-fueled parties. It closed for good in 2001, though other clubs operated in the space until 2007. A company that develops retail spaces bought the church when the club went into bankruptcy. The space is now a mall with boutiques and restaurants, but that concept is still getting off the ground.