Weeks after a San Francisco church held the first ever “Beyoncé Mass,” the singer may have purchased a church of her very own in New Orleans, near the home of her sister, Solange.
According to reports, the 100-year-old house of worship was on the market for $850,000. So far, no word on what Bey plans to do with the property, which is located at 2930 Camp Street in the heart of the Garden District.
According to real estate site Redfin.com, “this stone structure has a congregation area 45 X 45 with 18 foot ceilings, level hardwood floors, living area with 15 foot ceilings, over 7500 sq. ft. and some off street parking.”
More details about the purchase below, via NOLA.com:
The property, located on Camp Street, was purchased for an undisclosed price in a deal recorded May 11 in Orleans Parish land records. It was bought by the Noble Jones Trust, and the paperwork was signed by one of its trustees:Vernell Jackson Keys. Keys is known to be a close friend of the Knowles family. (In a 2015 Instagram post, Solange’s and Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, called Keys her “best friend since sixth grade.”)
Notably, the Noble Jones Trust owns at least one other property in New Orleans, which the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office lists as the mailing address for the Camp Street church. That address is a French Quarter home where Solange, Beyoncé and the rest of the family have been spotted enjoying the Krewe of Barkus during Mardi Gras.
What’s different is the Camp Street 7,500-square-foot property looks ready to host a worship service, and it would take an extensive renovation to make it home-ready. The area is zoned HU-RD1, which means compact residential properties fit the bill.
But city zoning law also states that area may allow “limited non-residential uses such as places of worship, historic neighborhood commercial establishments, and recreational facilities that are compatible with surrounding residential neighborhoods.”
Curbed.com New Orleans says that the church is registered to a company at Solange’s known New Orleans address so the purchase might be intended for Solange. Beyoncé’s company also owns a former church near the Camp Street church that was converted into a 10,000 square foot home. Solange and her husband and son live in New Orleans.