Listing for just $250,000, this Montana church deserves an amen

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A historic church in a small town in Montana is a rentable single family home.

The old Zion Lutheran Church on East Power Street in Glendive, Montana was built around 1907 and still has most of its original windows, as well as the large belfry.

Sadly, there’s no bell in the 3,710-square-foot Gothic Revival-style structure, which is on the market for $250,000.

“It’s a neat property for whoever gets it,” says the listing agent, Lisa Kjelstrup with United Country Montana Dakota Real Estate. “We had a lot of old buildings because it’s an old town. It is one of the few to have retained its original structure.

It has not been used as a church for several decades, but much of the original character is intact, including the vaulted ceiling, beams and wooden flooring.

“There’s the pulpit in the back, and then they have the little bedroom for the minister who was in there, and there’s a bathroom there. It’s just a gigantic room, for the most part, on the upper level, ”explains the agent.

A buyer will have options, as the property is zoned for commercial and residential uses. Since the current owners purchased it a few years ago, they have used the main level as retail space.

Exterior of the Old Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive, MT

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Interior

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Food

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Food

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Food

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

The previous owners converted the church into a home and added the kitchen area to the main level.

“They had a lot of kids and did more of a commercial kitchen, because they had so many people to feed,” Kjelstrup says.

The current owners have also installed bar stools from a former bar, which are now strapped in place.

Bedroom

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Bedroom

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

There is no kitchen on the lower level, but the current owners have recently added three bedrooms and a bathroom. These living quarters have a separate entrance and original sheet metal ceilings. One bedroom had a bathroom taken over by the previous owner.

“All the plumbing is there,” the agent said, “so if anyone wanted to put another bathroom back in there, they could.”

main level

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

main level

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

main level

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Thanks to its previous incarnation, the main level has a lot of character.

“When you walk in, what really draws you in are the windows and the style of the windows. It’s so beautiful to look at,” says Kjelstrup, adding that the ceilings are so high that she was able to fly her drone inside.

Kjelstrup says the large open space and beautiful old windows have one downside: energy efficiency. The plaster ceiling of this brick structure would be difficult to insulate.

She says sellers are in the process of removing retail inventory from the ground floor and selling the property as is.

“I’d like to see someone keep it commercial, so the public can see it,” she says. “People want to stop there and go there and watch it.”

main level

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

Food

(Lisa Kjelstrup)

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