Calvary Lutheran was a church in the Highlands.
The 18,000 square foot gothic edifice was built in 1927. And last year, real estate agent Tyler Smith sold it to developers for just under $600,000.
As for Calvary Lutheran’s parishioners, Smith says, “They’re congregation really dwindled. And they had no interest in maintaining the real estate or being landlords. So they just wanted to dispose of the asset.”
Bar hoppers, startups and renters have been making use of former churches being converted into mixed uses. In the past few years, at least a dozen or so church structures in the city have attracted a different kind of congregation. Smith says it’s not only a sense of reverence that attracts developers to churches. There’s also a practical element…