Fresh off her dominating performance at Coachella, Beyoncé—according to reports or, at least, a trust associated with the megastar—has purchased a 100-year-old church in New Orleans. Located in the Garden District, it’s just a few blocks away from where her sister, Solange, lives.
The church was built in 1900 and was sitting empty after the deaths of many of its worshippers, according to the New Orleans Times–Picayune. The stone building with 7,500 square feet of interior space and 18-foot ceilings was listed for $850,000.
The property was purchased on May 11 by the Noble Jones Trust, which also owns a home on Saint Ann Street, where the sisters, their mother, Tina Knowles, and the rest of the family have been seen during Mardi Gras.
Another home in the Garden District, just five blocks away from the church, is a $2.5 million stunner that has been linked to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment company.
There’s no telling what Queen Bey has in store for the space. It’s zoned to allow “limited non-residential uses such as places of worship, historic neighborhood commercial establishments, and recreational facilities that are compatible with surrounding residential neighborhoods,” according to the city. This means the church could remain a house of worship, be turned into an epic home, or become a spot for the BeyHive to get in formation.
The “Lemonade” singer is married to JAY Z, and they are parents to Blue Ivy, 6, and 1-year-old twins Rumi and Sir. Beyoncé certainly wouldn’t have any trouble drawing a crowd on Sundays.
Last month, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco held a Beyoncé Mass and packed the house. Perhaps the entertainment powerhouse smells a fresh business opportunity? Or perhaps that’s just the scent of incense burning near the altar.