Cynthia and Dan Lufkin turned the chapel of New York City's first cancer hospital — New York Cancer Hospital, built in the 1880s — into a three-level Manhattan apartment. The hospital had been in a state of disrepair for 25 years, with "rats, holes in the roof, dust, a wooden ceiling that was falling apart, missing windows, [and] plaster walls that had rotted away to the bricks." Instead of trying to recreate all of the original architectural details, they "tried to preserve a feeling of its history." What that resulted in was a vaulted wood ceiling mimicking one in an old photo of the place, period hanging globe lamps, a new spiral staircase and Gothic-style fireplace, and stenciled plaster walls actually inspired "by a medieval tapestry in a 19th-century British abbey," not original to the house. To see an interior shot of the house, and find out some more interesting details about this couple's story, read more
Actually, before the renovation of this chapel was complete, Cynthia Lufkin found herself battling breast cancer. While the images of the house alone stand to impress, this detail makes it much more of an inspiring coup than it seems at face value.
Be sure to check out more photos and read The New York Times story here. And, read some of our other posts on converted chapels here and here.