It’s a church. It’s a club. It’s a mall. It’s…David Barton Gym!
That’s right, David Barton Gym has officially opened inside the iconic Limelight in New York City, an Episcopal church built in the 1800s that was transformed into one of the city’s most infamous clubs, known for hard partying and drug culture in the ’90s (the 1990s, that is).
After its club chapter officially ended in 2007, the building was remade into a shopping center, and while there are still shops operating in the center section, it’s now reborn again, with weight benches set up where chapel pews—and then a bar—once stood. And the gym is offering a special suite of group fitness classes that invoke the architecture too, like Divine Abs, Muscle Mass, Salvation, and Core Communion.
We took a tour to give you a sneak peek into what may be the city’s coolest gym design to date. —Lisa Elaine Held
(All Photos: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)
A view from inside the bell tower.
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