Eugene Cho

qcafe renovation

As we’re in the midst of a basic remodel of the church building we were recently given, I was just thinking that it was about 5 years ago in 2002 when not many of us at Quest [probably about 40-60] worked on renovating this Warehouse below into our place of Worship, non-profit Cafe, and space for some community engagement. 

We renovated it and rented the building for the past five years.  We now own the building and are busy renovating the church building right next door.  Lots of work.  I wish I learned something about construction when I was younger.  Below are pictures that demonstrate the transformation of the building…

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Filed under: emerging church, quest church, religion, seattle

6 Responses

  1. Todd says:

    So, the first picture is what it is like now? 🙂 I read your blog in bloglines and it only shows the first little bit of your post… i thought that first pic was the “new” transformation and was a little curious (and scared!)

  2. Jerry says:

    Happy 5 years on that one. Looking forward to seeing the renovation pics for the church.

  3. rk says:

    ohh…i love the first picture. so original! i too am confused on which is the before and after. my church just announced on sunday that we’ll finally have our own church building. it won’t be up till 2011. i can hardly wait. all the best to you and your team!

  4. e cho says:

    the first pic is what it USED to look like.
    then we stripped it.
    and renovated it…

    last two pics is what it looks like now –
    one in the daylight
    and one in the evening.

  5. Blake says:

    The white one on top is the “before” picture. The bottom ones are fairly current “after” pics. Check out the Q Café’s website for a current exterior shot. It’s quite a transformation. 🙂

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