Converted Church Home – Mountain Art Estate

converted church for sale in Stanley VA
  • $1,500,000
  • Acres: 4.5

History prevails as this charming converted church home once served the Tanners Ridge settlers in the Shenandoah National Park, before it was abandoned and subsequently bought by the famous sculptor Robert E. Kuhn. Kuhn renovated the 3 buildings into separate guest residences and turned the rural property into an original art estate, eventually passing ownership to his 3 artist sons to maintain and offer to the public.

The “church” building has been converted to a income generating 3 bedroom family vacation rental that can only be described as “truly amazing”, with the entire interior of the “church” given over to colorful and imaginative original paintings, drawings, sculpture and furnishings!

The stone “parsonage” building has additions that served as workshop/studio for Robert Kuhn’s metal sculpting and painting.

The stone “activities” building was later turned into a studio/gallery complete with multiple skylights. Both the gallery and the “parsonage” building could become additional rental units if renovated. Or, an artist buyer may choose to use the gallery as  studio!a private studio.

The Sculpture Garden is a virtual 2.75 acre museum filled with fantastic, vibrant sculpture that can only be appreciated as you meander among them. Interspersed amid the art you might find a horseshoe pitching game plus several spectacular sites for intimate weddings.

Robert E. Kuhn was known for over fifty years primarily as a sculptor. He initially worked in wood, later in concrete & eventually exclusively in welded steel. He exhibited in galleries in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. His mysticism is found in the center piece of the Sculpture Garden with his composition entitled “Cathedral”. Here you have the enormous architectual silouette of flying buttresses suggesting a cathedral arch and then at the suggested opposite end are “organ pipes”, below that the “organ” and “bench” and the “alter” and Eucharist. In 2002, his work graced the cover of The J. Peterman Company catalog, N0. 6, and various pieces of his work were illustrated for sale in subsequent catalogs.

Robert Kuhn’s three sons exhibit artistic talent in their own right! The oldest is James P. “Happy” Kuhn, an accomplished mural painter known lovingly as “Happy the Artist”in the Richmond, Virginia area where so many of his murals exist. Next is Nathan D. Kuhn, a “Pop” sculptor who has exhibited nationwide with Warhol, Licenstein, Rivers, Dine, Hickney and Oldenburg. Nathan is also a Jazz-Harmonists and he and his wife, Iluminada, are the resident managers of the Artist Estate. The third son is Daniel R. Kuhn, a published Writer, Film Producer and Jazz Agent. Dan oversees and maintains the adjoining 2.75acre Sculpture Garden. Dan is also a principal in the Swann Street Gallery in Washington, DC where many of Robert E. Kuhn’s abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture are on display.

An opportunity of a lifetime! The development of this unusual property is limitless. Perfect as a wedding venue; maybe simply as a retreat; workshops for artists; a stopover for Appalachian Trail hikers or for bikers along the Skyline Drive; additional B&B service by re-purposing some of the space or adding additional lodging units.

Adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park, this unique Artist Estate is for sale, including all the original art and furnishing in the “church” building and the Sculpture Garden.

Curl up in front of the gas fireplace and share home-cooked dinners in the home’s renovated, open-concept layout. Bar seating at the extended countertop and modern stainless steel appliances provide everything needed to entertain and prepare gourmet recipes in the fully equipped kitchen.

Spend days lounging outside between the lovely flower garden, sculpture gallery, and peaceful forest surroundings. 

tall ceilings and artistic touches in this amazing converted church home

A fun, custom catwalk leads you from the second-floor bedroom to a room with full en suite bathroom, and up to the 3rd-floor ‘Angel-room’ that kids will love. Wake up feeling refreshed and take your morning coffee out to the private second-floor balcony, overlooking the beautiful backyard and sculpture park.


This property offers peace and serenity on over 4-acres of original art space, at a “cool” mountaintop elevation of 3,000 feet. Head down the scenic Skyline Road to enjoy easy access to surrounding attractions.

Just across the street, you’ll have access to wonderful hiking adventures in the Shenandoah National Park, filled with an extensive network of trails and wildlife management areas. Explore the park by foot or mountain bike, fish and canoe in the creeks.  Take a 2.5-mile hike up the park’s fire road and finish the day by treating yourself to fine dining at the popular Big Meadows Resort, which draws over 2 million visitors per year.

Drive an easy 10 minutes to the town of Stanley, where you can walk along Main Street and stop in local restaurants like The Hawksbill Diner for a quaint night out.

Explore the surrounding area and discover a unique wine-tasting experience at Wisteria Farm & Vineyard, nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its scenic rural beauty, this charming farm winery invites you to pack a picnic, tour the farm with a flock of Romney Sheep and relax by the fireplace in the tasting room. While you’re out, make sure to visit the Mindrolling Lotus Garden, where you can observe a beautiful Buddhist Prayer Garden and dignified architectural features.

With all the custom features of this home, this historic property in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley will open an unforgettable and beautiful chapter in your life.


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Price: $1,500,000
Address:3434 Tanners Ridge Road
Zip Code:22851
Floors:3 Separate Buildings

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