140 Buildings That Got Repurposed For Something Their Architects Probably Didn’t Even Dream Of

Buildings, like many other things, wear down over time, so it’s no surprise that cities and countrysides are home to abandoned lighthouses and misused warehouses. But a rising architectural approach called adaptive reuse offers a way to give a second life to these structures.

It can offer a lot of useful solutions for the surrounding area, like low-income or student housing, community centers, or mixed-use venues. And since the industry is picking up so much steam, we at Bored Panda decided to expand one of our existing series and make a new list of some of the most surprising repurposed properties.

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#1 Former Olive Mill Turned Into Home In Italy

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#2 The Place Where Julius Caesar Was Murdered Is Now A Sanctuary For Cats

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#3 Boekhandel Dominicanen In Maastricht, The Netherlands. A Bookstore In A 13th Century Gothic Church

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#4 My Local Library Moved Into An Old Grocery Store

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#5 Atocha Tropical Garden In Madrid, Spain. The Building Once Was The Old Train Station Before The Transportation Hub Was Expanded To Include Its High-Speed Train Links

The sprawling garden contains 7,000 plants from more than 260 species.

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#6 The Parking Garage Turned Into 44 Apartments In Wichita, Kansas

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#7 This Walgreens Is In An Old Bank

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#8 My Airbnb Was An Entire House Built Inside A Barn

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#9 This Old Church Has Been Converted To Self-Catering Accommodation In Scotland

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#10 A Beautiful Old Church Was Converted Into An Awesome Climbing Center, Retaining Original Features Like Stain Glass Windows And An Altar (Manchester Climbing Center, UK)

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#11 I Converted A School Bus Into My House

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#12 A Supermarket In An Old Theater In Venice, Italy

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#13 My Hotel Used To Be A Prison

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#14 Waterstones Book Shop – Bradford, West Yorkshire

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#15 One Of Our Local Libraries Moved Into An Old Marsh Supermarket

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#16 My Apartment, A Converted Church From The 1800s, On A Cold Evening In London

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#17 This Massive Library In Barcelona Is Built In What Was Formerly A Water Deposit Built In 1874

The pillars and vaults, inspired by the Romans, are this large as the water was held in a pool on the roof

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#18 An Old British Telephone Box Which Was Decommissioned From Public Use. This One In Bath Has Been Turned Into A Flower Bed

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#19 Our Table At The Local Cafe Is Positioned Over A Medieval Well

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#20 These Old Silos In Oklahoma Were Converted To A Rock Climbing Gym

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#21 Stayed In A Boeing 747 Converted To A Hostel At Arlanda Airport, Sweden (Jumbo Stay)

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#22 My Apartment For The Night In Porto, Portugal Has A Preserved 12th Century Wall And Staircase Encased In The Bedroom

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#23 This Church Has Been Converted Into A Bar

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#24 The Floor In The Design Building At My College Is The Basketball Court It Used To Be

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#25 Grand Avenue Mall. The Way It Was Remade Into Apartments Turned It Into A Somewhat Surreal Space

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#26 Synagogue Turned Into A Café In Trnava, Slovakia

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#27 This Is The New Life Of A Rescued And Repurposed Gothic-Arch Barn Near Manassas, VA

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#28 This Old School NYC Subway Entrance Got Turned Into A Subway Entrance

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#29 Every Apartment In This Block Has Been Turned Into A Cafe Or Restaurant

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#30 My Hotel Used To Be A Prison

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#31 This Old Movie Theater Turned Into A Gym (Long Island, NY, USA – Via Colossal)

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#32 Juerg Judin House, Berlin, Germany. Was Originally A Gas Station Built In The 1950s

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#33 A Trampoline Park Inside A Former Church

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#34 I Converted A Van Into A Home And Now Work Remotely And Travel Full-Time

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#35 A Grocery Store Inside A 3rd Century Roman Imperial Palace In Croatia

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#36 That’s Cool, But Are We Just Going To Gloss Over The Presumably Spine-Tingling Story Of Why The Side Entrance To Your Lab Has Been Bricked Over For Decades

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#37 La Piscine – André Diligent Art And Industrial Museum, Which Opened Its Doors On October 21, 2001, Is Installed On The Site Of The Former Art Deco Municipal Swimming Pool

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#38 The Carvings Around My Doorframe – 18th Century Converted Manor

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#39 A Fantastic Looking Building

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#40 These Silos Were Turned Into Apartments

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#41 The Gym I Go To Is Renovating. They Knocked A Few Walls Down And Revealed It Used To Be A Hollywood Video

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#42 This Fast Food Drive Thru Used To Be A Car Wash

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#43 13th-Century Church Converted To A Bookstore

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#44 Cozy Converted Church I Stayed In

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#45 Vermont Converted Barn – Cozy Living Room

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#46 Red Phone Box Repurposed Into A Mini-Cafe

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#47 Our Spirit Halloween Used To Be A Christian Bookstore, And The Signage Is Still Up

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#48 The Underground Vault Of Maryland Trust Was One Of The Few Structures To Survive The Baltimore Fire. Today, It Is Used As A Boardroom In The Springhill Suites Hotel

The Baltimore fire of 1903 destroyed almost every building in Downtown Baltimore, causing $2.5 billon in damage.

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#49 Castle Turned Into Prison; Prison Turned Into Hotel – Oxford

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#50 This Grain Silo Converted Into A Home

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#51 A Brewery In My Hometown Converted A Church Into Their Taproom/Brewery

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#52 Fire Station Turned Into Apartments

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#53 Dragons Den Ropes Course In Homestead Inside Of What Used To Be Mary Magdalene Church

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#54 Found This Amazing Spot In Colorado Springs. I Love Old Repurposed Buildings – The Principal’s Office Brewery And Cafe. Straight Up Awesome Repurpose Of A 100-Year-Old School

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#55 My Local Mall’s Old-Timey Bank That Got Turned Into A Pinball Arcade

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#56 Local Football Stadium Is Being Turned Into A Popup Medical Clinic

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#57 My Store In Houston, TX Used To Be A Movie Theater

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#58 This Church That Has Been Converted Into A Tesco

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#59 Restaurant, In The Same Building As A Blockbuster Used To Be, Uses VHS Tapes As Wall Decor

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#60 Converted A Retired Ambulance Into A Mobile Tech Repair Office

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#61 This Building Opened As The Lansdowne Picture Palace In 1914, Was Repurposed As A Nightclub In The 1950s And Is Now A Sainsbury’s Local Supermarket. Sheffield, UK

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#62 Peckham Levels, A Multistory Car Park In London, England, Converted Into A Food And Entertainment Venue By Carl Turner Architects In 2018

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#63 Gas Station Turned Into A Plant Material Shop

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#64 Dublin Church Transformed Into An Insurance Company’s Headquarters

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#65 This Bar At My Hotel Used To Be A Bank Vault

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#66 Just Finished Signing The Lease On The Most Gorgeous Waterfront Loft In A Repurposed Historical Mill Building Downtown, And We Could Not Be More Excited

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#67 Old Baptist Church Being Turned Into Spirit Halloween

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#68 Rock Climbing Gym In Old Movie Theater

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#69 From Small Reservoir To Small Home. Africa

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#70 Old Theatre Turned Into A Supermarket, The Walls Are Still Covered In Art (Venice)

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#71 The White House Swimming Pool [1933] To The White House Press Room [2021]

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#72 My University Converted A Nearby Church Into A Lecture Hall

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#73 The McDonald’s Has A Retired Aircraft Repurposed As A Playground

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#74 This Bank Turned Into A Cookies Store

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#75 From Gas Holder To Ostrava Concert Building

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#76 Het Arresthuis Is A Hotel In Roermond. The 19th-Century Building Was A Working Prison Until 2007. A 2011 Makeover Repurposed Cells Into Minimalist Chic Rooms And Suites

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#77 An Old Telephone Box In My Village Turned Into A Book Swap

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#78 Old Phone Box Turned Into A Defibrillator

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#79 Local Pub Has An Old Well Turned Into A Fish Tank

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#80 New Business Only Removed Half Of The Old Sign. That, Or You Can Now Ink Your Kids

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#81 Dining In A Converted Train Carriage

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#82 An Old Barn Near Me Got Converted Into A McDonald’s

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#83 Archery Point Converted To A Bathroom In This Castle Spire

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#84 Last Weekend I Visited The 1933 Slaughterhouse In Shanghai. The Building Has Been Converted Into A Design Hub With Cafes And Shops

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#85 My Airbnb Gym Has Chandeliers

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#86 This House Is A Converted Indoor Pool, The Basement Is The Bottom Of The Pool

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#87 An Old Church Repurposed Into A Dentist Office In The Netherlands

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#88 Repurposed Payphone Booths At My University Have Campus Computers In Them

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#89 A Church Turned Into A Concert Venue In Pittsburgh, PA

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#90 Pinball Arcade In A Former Bank. (Terre Haute, Indiana) (Bank Of Pinball)

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#91 Sightseeing: Tesco In A Church

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#92 Church Converted Into A Brewery In Indianapolis, Indiana

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#93 This 19th Century Methodist Church In Darlington, UK, Was Converted Into “Bathroom World”

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#94 Original Brickwork From 1780 Preserved In A Beauty Shop

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#95 Former Target Turned Into A Walmart, They Painted The Target Orbs Yellow Instead Of Removing Them

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#96 This Phone Booth Turned Into A Fish Tank

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#97 This Gas Station Converted To A House

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#98 A Former Church In Folkestone Has Been Converted Into A Pub

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#99 This Church Was Converted To Townhomes

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#100 Church Turned Coffee House In Seward, Alaska

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#101 The Amish By My House Own An Old Airplane Hanger They Turned Into A Hockey Rink

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#102 Former Flak Tower, Now Aquatic Zoo In Vienna

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#103 Church Of Sushi

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#104 This Doctor’s Office Preserved Graffiti From When The Building Was A Abandoned Industrial Building

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#105 This Repurposed Old Phone Box Being Used To Sell Cannabis CBD Oils. Dr. Who Moving Up In High Life

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#106 Cleverly Repurposed And Disguised 5G Tower

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#107 Our Local Toys “R” Us Became A Gun Store But Kept The Designs

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#108 This Repurposed Blockbuster Store

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#109 This Bank That Was Repurposed Into A Subway

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#110 A Local Church Converted Into A Pub (Springfield, OR)

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#111 This Taco Bell Restaurant Is Constructed From Repurposed Shipping Containers

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#112 You Can Tell That This Restaurant Used To Be Called Mango Chill

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#113 Former Public Bathhouse In Chicago, Illinois, Is Now A Private Residence

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#114 This Building Was A Fire Station. Salem, Massachusetts

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#115 A Local Grocery Store Got Converted Into A Rapid Testing / Vaccination Site

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#116 A School-House In Kansas Turned Into An Apartment Building

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#117 This Walmart Replaced A Former Target But Instead Of Removing The Balls They Painted Them Yellow

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#118 This Church Converted Into A Climbing Center

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#119 An Old Movie Theater In Jackson, WY, Was Repurposed Into A Hand-Fired Pizza Restaurant

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#120 This Walmart Repurposed The Grain Silo From The Original Property

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#121 This 17th Century Pub Near My Work Has Been Converted To A Starbucks

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#122 White Castle Turned Into An Urgent Care. Mansfield, Ohio

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#123 This Toys “R” Us Turned Into A Gun Store

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#124 Michigan Theater In Detroit. Now Turned Into A Parking Garage

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#125 A Dispensary In A Former Church

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#126 This Pizza Place That Was Once A Bank

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#127 I Can Imagine Those Apartments Smell Like Pink Bubble Gum

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#128 A Repurposed Bus/Trolley Car Used For Outdoor Dining

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#129 This Old Blockbuster Store Was Turned Into A Daycare And They Repurposed The Sign

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#130 The Scarface Chainsaw Scene Location Is Now A CVS

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#131 Sears Store At My Mall Was Turned Into A Fake Mega Church For A TV Show

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#132 This Baseball Diamond Gets Turned Into A Huge Skating Rink In Winter

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#133 Old Gas Station Turned Into A Subway With Covered Seating

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#134 DC History Center Converted Into An Apple Store

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#135 Police Station In A Former Church Building. Vienna, VA, USA

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#136 This Repurposed Drive Thru Car Wash

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#137 This Toys “R” Us Turned Into A Liquor Store

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#138 The Bathrooms At This Dunkin’ Donuts In Reykjavik, Iceland, Are In An Old Bank Vault

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#139 This Bob Evans Repurposed Into A Laundromat

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#140 They Repurposed This Old McDonald’s Into A Pot Shop

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