Property peep show: A converted church in Cobble Hill (slide show)

Take a tour inside Molly McBride’s divine domain, a four-story Brooklyn sanctuary with cathedral ceilings and stained-glass windows

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  • Photographer: Rayon Richards

    After media producer Molly McBride, 51, and neurosurgeon Érico Cardoso, 54, tied the knot in 2008, they didn’t want to live in a typical dark, Victorian-era brownstone. McBride discovered this Lutheran church, converted into a 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom sanctuary in 1997, in Cobble Hill.

  • Photographer: Rayon Richards

    "You cross the threshold and you totally forget you’re in a church," McBride (pictured) gushes of the couple’s airy, modern sanctuary.

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    The living room features 30-foot-high cathedral ceilings and avocado trees. "It was so beautiful that it took us a long time to figure out furniture that would work with the space and not take away from it," admits McBride, who wanted the room itself to be the main focal point.

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    The living room opens up to a spacious eat-in kitchen.

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    The second floor is cozier, with a bedroom and the tiny hideaway nook depicted above. "It's a time-out space—a place to go be quiet, read for a little bit," says McBride.

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    The staircases, designed by architect Tom van den Bout, are constructed from the same industrial-strength, green-tinted glass found in the Apple store. The weight of one staircase supports the other, giving the illusion that "everything is flying," says McBride.

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    The master bedroom, which is located on the second floor, used to serve as a choir loft.

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    This den is on the home's third floor.

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    There are stained-glass windows throughout the four-story home, including the den and the master bedroom.

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    "We did not know what to do with this," laughs McBride of the ground floor. "Now, it's a preferred sleeping place for our guests." She transformed the space into a second living area and hung some of the couple's favorite art.

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    McBride picked up these hand-painted, wooden marionettes in Thailand when she was working on her first film.

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    A vibrant Vanessa Smith painting is representative of the couple's home. "It [shows] the origins of the world," says McBride. "It felt like if we were going to live in a church, our theology is right there in Vanessa’s painting."

Photographer: Rayon Richards

After media producer Molly McBride, 51, and neurosurgeon Érico Cardoso, 54, tied the knot in 2008, they didn’t want to live in a typical dark, Victorian-era brownstone. McBride discovered this Lutheran church, converted into a 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom sanctuary in 1997, in Cobble Hill.


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