Christians all over the world await the return of Jesus Christ, but there are many who don’t necessarily think about where Jesus Christ might stay when he does return. One woman did think about the dilemma in 1928, and she made sure Jesus would have a place to call home on earth when he returned.
According to the New York Post, Genevieve Ludlow Griscom was a member of the Outer Court of the Order of the Living Christ. Followers of the religion combined beliefs in reincarnation, mainstream Episcopal teachings, and Christian mysticism. Griscom decided to build the house for Jesus Christ in Riverdale, the Bronx, on property where other believers lived nearby.
Griscom and other members of the religious sect kept the house clean and tidy, and she played the pipe organ there everyday for at least an hour. Strangely, she never lived there. Instead, she lived in a shack nearby.
Originally, the mansion built for Jesus Christ wasn’t opulent or outrageous. It was described as “carpenter chic.” There was only one bathroom.
However, the property exchanged hands over the years, suffered fire and destruction, and was eventually almost completely gutted out.
Current owners, Jerry and Sandra Galuten, bought the property in 1987. Renovating the house ended in 2011. Sadly, Jerry passed away in 2007 and did not get to see the finished product. Sandra remembers the way the house looked when they first purchased it.
“It had been broken into, and there had been several fires. A lot of the roof was completely destroyed. We sandblasted the entire house.”
The house that once had one bathroom now has five full baths and three half baths. The mansion built for Jesus Christ now has seven bedrooms, a sauna, and a gym. It also has great views of New York City, as the house sits on a hill, and has a conservatory and terrace with a hot tub.
Very little of the original materials still exist in the home. Some of the marble in the flooring and stone in the exterior are original. The original pipe organ had to be dismantled and was given to various churches.
The new look of the home is exceedingly lavish. It has marble and mosaic renovations which cause its owner and others to namedrop famous actors (Clark Gable), historic landmarks (The White House), and popular television shows (Downton Abbey).
The house built for Jesus has six wood-burning fireplaces which are made of carved variegated marble. This marble can also be found in the White House.
Even marble floors from the Vatican are in the home. Gold and silver leaf tiles compliment the ceilings and trim in the lavish house.
“Jesus would probably love the house,” Sandra Galuten said. “I redid it in very elegant taste.”
Sandra claims she has never felt a godly presence in the house while living there.
According to The Telegraph, the house will be up for sale in February for $10 million. The mansion built for Jesus Christ has been up for sale before since the Galutens have renovated it, but with no luck. However, if Jesus Christ does not return by February 2016, perhaps this time around Sandra Galuten will have the luck she hopes for to sell the home they bought for “practically nothing.”
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