80 Buildings That Got Repurposed For Something Their Architects Probably Didn’t Even Dream Of (New Pics)

While my renovation means getting a new rug from Ikea, changing a lightbulb that’s been out of order for the past year (or five, if I’m being totally honest), and keeping my succulents alive, some people turn it into an art form.

Welcome to the inspiring collection of renovations that deserve their own place in history compiled by Bored Panda. From the abandoned church that’s been remade into a skater’s dream park to a defunct subway entrance that’s been cleverly turned into an actual entry to the Subway eatery, and it only gets better.

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#1 The Building Used For The Swimming Events At The 2008 Summer Olympics In Beijing Was Transformed Into This Dope-Looking Waterpark

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#2 Moved Here 4 Years Ago. Converted Victorian Church In England. Love This Room

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#3 Dublin: An 11th Century Viking Well And Stone Under A Local Shop

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#4 Stone Observatory Tower Converted To A Home

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#5 My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

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#6 This Defunct Subway Entrance Is A Working Subway Entrance

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#7 This McDonald’s In New Zealand Has A Decommissioned Plane You Can Dine In

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#8 The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

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#9 These Two UK Phone Booths Have Been Repurposed

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#10 Gas Station Greenhouse

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#11 Regional Coffee Chain Buys Gas Station, Uses Car Wash As Drive Through

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#12 In Germany There Is Waterpark Called Tropical Islands. It’s A Literal Tropical Island Built Inside An Old Blimp Hangar

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#13 My Gym Used To Be Part Of An Asylum Complex. The Pool Used To Be A Church And The Confession Booths Are Now A Sauna

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#14 This Hotel Is An Old Prison

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#15 Vienna Gasometers: Gas Storage Tanks First Built In 1896 And Converted Into Mixed-Use Developments Between 1995 And 2001

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#16 This Abandoned Church Was Purchased By Skaters And Renovated Into A Dream Park

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#17 Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia, Designed In 2018 By Adjara Group And Located In An Old Printing House

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#18 Niccolò Paganini Auditorium, Parma, Italy, An Abandoned Sugar Factory Converted Into A Concert Hall By Renzo Piano In 1996

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#19 This Game Store Is A Converted Bank

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#20 Old Church Turned Into A 24/7 Pancake Restaurant

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#21 In The UK, Redundant Telephone Boxes Are Being Repurposed As Public Defibrillators

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#22 McDonald’s In The Art Deco Former “United Kingdom Hotel”, Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia

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#23 My Girlfriend’s Office Used To Be A Bowling Alley. The Original Lanes Are Still There

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#24 A Ship’s Bridge That Has Been Removed And Converted Into A House

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#25 This Hotel Is Built Out Of Train Cars

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#26 A Smartphone Repair Office Inside A Telephone Box North Of Holborn Station

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#27 The Grand Concourse Built In 1898. Once Train Station Is Now A Restaurant In Pittsburgh, PA

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#28 Mills In Buffalo From Industrial Revolution Protected From Full Demolition And Converted Into Art/Public Entertainment Space

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#29 This Hotel’s Breakfast Lounge Is Inside An Old Bank Vault

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#30 Old Bank Turned Into McDonald’s In Kristiansand, Norway

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#31 A Former Grain Silo In Oslo, Now Converted To Student Housing

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#32 Old Bank Was Transformed Into A Hotel, They Kept The Vault As A Meeting Room

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#33 These Apartments Used To Be A YMCA

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#34 My New Apartment Still Has The Original Molding From When It Was A Hotel Ballroom In 1923

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

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#36 Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre: A Former Commodities Exchange With A 750-Seat Theatre ‘Pod’ Tucked Inside. The Theatre Opened In 1976

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#37 Old Silo In Söderköping, Sweden, Repurposed As Housing

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#38 Old Church Converted Into A Gym

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#39 This Covid-19 Testing Station In Calgary Is Inside An Old Rona Store

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#40 Former Movie Theatre, Now A Library

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#41 While The Library Is Under Construction, An Old Grocery Store Is Being Used As A Temporary Library

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#42 The Old Don Jail (1864) In Toronto Converted Into Offices For The Newly Built Hospital Beside It In 2013

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#43 Old Estate By My House Was Converted To A McDonald’s

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#44 Hotel We Are Staying At In Newark Was Once A Bank

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#45 Carpet With Tracks In A Hotel In An Old Train Station

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#46 This Old Gas Station With A Car Wash Was Converted Into A Caribou Coffee Drive Thru

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#47 Our Locally Owned Movie Theatre Finally Gave Up And Is Becoming A Sports Bar

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#48 My House Turned 101 Today (Originally A 1920’s Corner Grocery)

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#49 Armory In West Philadelphia Repurposed As US Squash National Training Center

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#50 Good Morning From My New Neighborhood’s Trader Joe’s

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#51 Another Historic Tesco: The Perivale Store Is In The Grade II* Hoover Building, A 1933 Art Deco Masterpiece

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#52 Former Hot Topic Now Veterans Museum Denton, TX

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#53 Urban Outfitters That Used To Be A Savings Bank – Northampton, Ma

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#54 This Thrift Store Is An Old Bowling Alley

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#55 The 1929 Tammany Hall Building. Once The Headquarters Of NYC’s Most Notorious Political Machine, It Has Been Converted Into Offices With A Modern Glass Addition

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#56 This Old Bowling Alley Was Turned Into A Thrift Store In Canton, OH

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#57 This Old Bank Turned To CVS In Manhattan

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#58 1883 Opera House Now A Market And Bakery In Florence, Kansas

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#59 Brooklyn Army Terminal: Was A Rail Freight Yard, Now Individual Office Spaces

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#60 This Parking Garage Was Once A Theater

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#61 Jail Cell To Brewery Storage Room

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#62 The Scottsdale Bank Building In Connellsville, PA. The Building Originally Built For The West Penn Railway And Served As Both A Station And Offices

West Penn operated from 1904 to 1952 and was an electric interurban, or trolley line, that ran in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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#63 Wynnewood Barns, Once A Streetcar Barn Is Now A Community Centre/Artspace/Event Hall With Affordable Housing For Artists As Well

The dark grey lines are where the streetcar tracks used to be.

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#64 Former Pizza Hut In Albany, Oregon. Now House Of Noodle

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#65 Former McDonald’s Is Jumbo’s Pub And Grill, On The Boardwalk Of Wildwood New Jersey

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#66 Former Woolworths, Now A Walgreens. It Feels Like A Happy Accident That The Historic “W” Letter Still Works For The Building

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#67 Dunkin’ Donuts Drive Thru In A Former Gas Station Car Wash

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#68 Little Caesar’s Pizza In A Former Sonic Drive-In

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#69 The Disney Store Of Inland Center Is Now A Furniture Store. You Can Still See The Outlines Of The Film Reels Around The Entrance, And Mickey Shapes Etched Onto The Windows

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#70 CVS Pharmacy Used To Be A Theatre, East Los Angeles, CA

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#71 Starbucks In A Former Gas Station – Miami, Florida

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#72 Former Arby’s In Boynton Beach, Florida, Now A Funeral Home

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#73 Church That Used To Be A Toys R Us In Bridgeport, WV

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#74 Holy Cross Fit

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#75 This Drive Thru Is Inside An Old Car Wash

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#76 Former Sonic Drive-In Converted To A Dominos – Maumelle, Arkansas

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#77 This Little Caesars That Used To Be An Auto Shop

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#78 This School In My Town Was Transformed Into Apartments. I Think It’s From The 1890s

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#79 Not Sure If This Fits. But Pretty Cool. Taco Bell In A Former Bank. Muncie, IN

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#80 2-For-1: Repurposed Original Taco Bell And An Old IHOP

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