Industrial Designer Transforms Abandoned Gentleman’s Club Into a Stunning Home

Things made better with time should be treasured, like this abandoned gentleman’s club in the sleepy river town of Selma, Alabama, turned stunning home.

Located on a high bank that overlooks the Alabama River, the dwelling is a significant feature of Selma’s historic Water Avenue district.

When industrial designer David Hurlbut stumbled upon the unused building, he knew it was special. He snagged the property for just under $100,000.

Before Hurlbut considered purchasing the building in 1999, which he found on historicproperties.com, it had sat vacant for nearly 40 years.

Back in 1909, the building was constructed by the Jewish community as the headquarters for The Harmony Club before being disbanded and transformed into the Elks Club in 1960. Thirty years later, the space was left empty once more.

It wasn’t until Hurlbut called it his own and began renovated the building that some life was brought back through its doors.

The moment one steps inside — where patinated antiques, weathered surfaces, industrial steel, steampunk aesthetics and muted tones reside — you are overcome by a world where past meets present.

This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime steal.

Check out the awesome photos of this property in the slideshow above. 

Photos by Robert Rausch for The New York Times. Read more about the property here.

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