In a densely populated area with little available land, a once popular nightclub venue carries its vibe through its new life as Shoreline Church’s home.
Alison S. Istnick · May 13, 2018
A bright and fun addition to the sanctuary space is an adult slide from the balcony to the worship room’s main floor. “There is even a “selfie” spot to take pictures in the lobby. The success in the lobby is all Darlene and her search for unique furniture and light fixtures add a very eclectic image to the space,” tells Garrison.
In all, Garrison believes it’s the concept of retaining the history and vibe of Nightown that sets this church apart—things like the elevator door to nowhere. The project features small but striking details, such as the multiple painted biblical graffiti messages on the toilet partitions, including one that says, “Call Jenny for prayer, 867-5309” and was modified from the 1981 Tommy Tutone song.
The church also keeps a barbershop/ salon original to the venue which is adjacent the worship room. The Salon operator tithes 10 percent of the income back to the church and cuts hair for a local homeless outreach.
The pre-show performance venue be¬came a place for Shoreline’s children and youth. The rooms were designed with a residential, at-home feel to serve the church’s young growing families.
The church’s café, The Flying Pig, was named from the Partins frequently hearing that Nightown would become a church when pigs fly. The Shoreline Church design is truly a representation of its mission: “To change people’s perception of God by changing their perception of church.”
“Because of Live Design, we achieved above and beyond what we had imagined,” tells Darlene Partin. “Our church vision is to restore the church to front and center relevance in our everyday lives in our community. We are so thankful for Live Design and their mission to make our dreams come true and for our church culture to shine in our community.”
“We decided the building is really a statement of who we are,” shares Eric. “I have a past. And when I became a Christian I didn’t forget my past, it’s still a chapter from my life but God took me and redeemed me and had a new future for me. We took a lot of the iconic stuff left in this club and repurposed it so when people come back in they go, ‘Oh, I remember that.’ We even found a sign from the 80s that we restored and put up on one of the walls that still says Nightown. What we’re trying to do is not erase or cover up the past, because Nightown has another story, a new future just like us.”