Here Are 56 Buildings That Are Struggling To Hide Their Previous Purpose Shared In This Online Group

Upcycling, reinventing and repurposing—everything and anything can contribute to a building’s new shiny life. Converting buildings is quite common and sometimes the change is quite radical: a gym that previously was a church, a mall that was converted into a school, or a Target turned Walmart.
This one group on Reddit called /r/NotFoolingAnybody that has 21.2k members is dedicated to “photos of buildings that have been converted to other uses, yet still strongly resemble their former use.”

And deliberately or not, the new management chooses to recycle some details, like using the letters from the font of the previous business and sometimes even keeping the same logos. The funniest thing is that you can often tell that the masterminds repurposing the building or sign either had too much wit or too little fantasy. Either way, it’s pretty entertaining and below are the best examples of that, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite ones.

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#1 Church In My Local Town Converted Into A Nightclub

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Even though a place is converted to an urgent care center, the building decoration is still definitely reminiscent of a hut that used to sell pizza, and a church in this town adorned with UV lights and no more crosses is repurposed to be a nightclub. Usually the shape of the building that used to be a brand that follows the company’s specs is the main giveaway, but it also seems that some of the new owners of the places couldn’t be bothered to remove the previous logos.

#2 Former Hot Topic Now Veterans Museum Denton, Tx

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What is really impressive is the repurposing of shopping malls into schools, which, when you really think about it, can make perfect sense as there are large communal areas and what used to be retail shops that can serve as different classrooms. And what student wouldn’t like to have escalators to go from one floor to another?

#3 This CVS In An Old Bank

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Quite a few submissions by people are pictures of former gas stations and car washes. Businesses such as Dunkin Doughnuts or Starbucks are taking advantage of the parts of the building that are suitable for a convenient drive thru. And let’s face it, going into an old flamboyant Art Deco building that is now a Walgreens definitely makes you feel at least a tiny bit more sophisticated.

#4 Taco Bell –> Law Office

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#5 Dunkin’ Doughnuts Drive Thru In A Former Gas Station Car Wash.

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#6 A Bank Converted To Mcdonalds

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#7 They Promise

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#8 Dead Mall Turned Into College Building. Stores Were Converted Into Classrooms

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#9 Somebody Named Kg Bought A Local Gas Station

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#10 Hollywood Flooring, Another Crappy Hollywood Video Conversion.

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#11 Hollywood Video Converted To A Furniture Store

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#12 Nickelodeon Studios! It Has Been Painted Over But You Can Still Tell What It Used To Be

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#13 Burger King Converted To Egg Roll King

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#14 This Used To Be A Majestic Liquor Store. The New Owners Really Stretched Themselves With This One.

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#15 The Local College Bought A Walmart

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#16 Big Woodys Sports Bar (Bethlehem, Pa)

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#17 Former Gas Station, Turned Into A Subway With Outdoor Seating Where The Gas Pumps Were – Gypsum, Co

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#18 A Church Converted To A Grocery Store

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#19 A Former Cricket Wireless Is Now A Chicken Restaurant

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#20 Classic Movie Theater Converted Into A Walgreens

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#21 The Owners Ended Their Quiznos Franchise But Wanted To Run A Sandwich Shop Still

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#22 A Former Burger King Listed Online As A Townhouse

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#23 Gas Station Turned Into A Boost Mobile – North Carolina

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#24 Taboo Adult Superstore, Formerly Taco Bell

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#25 The Disney Store Of Inland Center [san Bernardino, Ca] Is Now A Furniture Store. You Can Still See The Outlines Of The Film Reels Around The Entrance, And Mickey Shapes Etched Onto The Windows.

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#26 Amazing

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#27 Former KFC In Maiden, Nc Now A Mexican Restaurant. Col. Sanders Is Now Col. Sanchez

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#28 Five Guys In A Former Pizza Hut In Westminster, Md

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#29 This CVS In Dc Used To Be A Movie Theater

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#30 Esso/Exxon Tiger Statue At A Bp Station

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#31 Pizza Hut Turned Into A Sketchy Restaurant

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#32 Dollar Tree In An Old CVS. Toledo Oh

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#33 This Starbucks Drive-Thru In An Old Car Wash

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#34 An Orthodontist’s Office Used To Be A Blockbuster [hinesville, Ga]

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#35 Former Target Turned Into A Walmart, They Painted The Target Orbs Yellow Instead Of Removing Them

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#36 Blockbuster Got Converted To A Book Store

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#37 Goodwill (May Have?) Used To Be A Circuit City [savannah, Ga]

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#38 Gym In A Former Rite Aid

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#39 A Wendy’s In A Former Bank, Location Unknown

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#40 Church Converted To A Tattoo Parlor

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#41 An Old Hollywood Video Is Now Hollywood Smokin’

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#42 KFC Converted To Thai Restaurant

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#43 Old Hollister Now A Book Store

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#44 Hah! Can’t Fool Me. That Used To Be A Taco B…wait

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#45 A Classic Movie Theater In Greenpoint, Brooklyn That Has Since Been Turned Into A Starbucks

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#46 An Old Paint Store Converted To A Dvd Store

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#47 Church Turned Into A Gym

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#48 Former Woolworths, Now A Walgreens. It Feels Like A Happy Accident That The Historic “W” Letter Still Works For The Building.

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#49 An Abandoned Diner In New Hampshire That Just Left The Hollywood Video Sign Up

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#50 Wendy’s Converted To Taco John’s

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#51 House Converted To Burger King – Columbus, Ga

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#52 This Dominos In My Home Town Of Keyser Wv Was A Phillip’s 66 Gas Station And Garage In The Early 80’s

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#53 Dollar Tree In A Former Church, Location Unknown

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#54 Little Caesar’s Pizza In A Former Sonic Drive-In; Location Unknown

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#55 Mall Church (I’m Pretty Sure It Used To Be A Victoria’s Secret)

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#56 Former Movie Theatre, Now A Library

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