Amazing grace: Renovation turns a church into elegant condos

The 2,300-sf penthouse in The Sanctuary sold for $1.5 million. The owner has exclusive access to an 85-foot-tall bell tower, the highest private view in D.C.

The Sanctuary, a 30-unit condo conversion in Southeast Washington, D.C., may be a sign of things to come for some of the 850 or so places of worship in the Nation’s Capital that are closing their doors. Such was the case for the Way of the Cross church. When its congregation decided to relocate to the suburbs, The Rubin Group (in partnership with Regua) snapped up the 1898 Gothic Revival church and 1914 annex.