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Crazy Religions: First Church of Christ, Scientist (Beardaroundtheworld)
Crazy Religions: First Church of Christ, Scientist (Beardaroundtheworld)
Published: 2015/08/28
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What Christian Scientists Believe
What Christian Scientists Believe
Published: 2013/09/13
Channel: Light in Prison
An American Masterpiece: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley
An American Masterpiece: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: PaulWBockhorst
Tour The Mother Church in Boston, MA, USA
Tour The Mother Church in Boston, MA, USA
Published: 2013/11/15
Channel: Christian Science
Sacred Spaces - First Church of Christ Scientist
Sacred Spaces - First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: AIB
Exploring the First Church of Christ Scientist in Ottawa
Exploring the First Church of Christ Scientist in Ottawa
Published: 2014/06/08
Channel: Bloeski's Wrecking Crew
Beyond Bricks: First Church of Christ Scientist
Beyond Bricks: First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Toronto Star
"TRAGEDY in the CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST" (
"TRAGEDY in the CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST" ('Christian Science')
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: Take Heed Ministries
Tour of First Church of Christ, Scientist
Tour of First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2013/01/21
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First Church of Christ Scientist
First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2015/12/03
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06/07/71 First Church of Christ Scientist moves into new building
06/07/71 First Church of Christ Scientist moves into new building
Published: 2016/09/28
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"Prayer that Transforms Us" - Christian Science Lecture - Tony Lobl, CS
"Prayer that Transforms Us" - Christian Science Lecture - Tony Lobl, CS
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: First Church of Christ, Scientist Town and Country
Historic Tour - First Church of Christ Scientist
Historic Tour - First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: ONE FLAGLER
Does Christian Science Kill?
Does Christian Science Kill?
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: Talk Beliefs
First Church of Christ Scientist
First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2009/05/27
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First Church of Christ, Scientist - San Jose, Ca
First Church of Christ, Scientist - San Jose, Ca
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Exploring Historic San Jose, California
Discover God, Discover Health – Christian Science Lecture
Discover God, Discover Health – Christian Science Lecture
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: CS Ringwood
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Ben's Tours--First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston MA
Published: 2008/04/08
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See what makes First Church of Christ Scientist unique
See what makes First Church of Christ Scientist unique
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: PennLive.com
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Eye of Satori
Organ and interior of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Denver, Colorado
Organ and interior of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Denver, Colorado
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: Outspoken1
Christian Science Today
Christian Science Today
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: awakeinthedreamtv
Bless the Lord (Christian Science)
Bless the Lord (Christian Science)
Published: 2013/03/08
Channel: Al Albert
A Look At The First Church Of Christ, Scientist by Mary Baker Eddy
A Look At The First Church Of Christ, Scientist by Mary Baker Eddy
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: New Life Of Albany Ga.
Mother Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist
Mother Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2010/08/29
Channel: yliu00
David M.Childs, speaking at the First Church of Christ, Scientist Historical Tour
David M.Childs, speaking at the First Church of Christ, Scientist Historical Tour
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: ONE FLAGLER
The First Church of Christ Scientist at night , Boston, USA - Time Lapse
The First Church of Christ Scientist at night , Boston, USA - Time Lapse
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: WildFilmsIndia
Health as a right: True consciousness as the core of Christ-healing
Health as a right: True consciousness as the core of Christ-healing
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Prayer that Heals
Review of the Church of Christ, Scientist
Review of the Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: Austin Earley
Tony Lobl and Tim Potter - First Church Of Christ Science
Tony Lobl and Tim Potter - First Church Of Christ Science
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: WOCA The Source Radio
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
Exterior of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Exterior of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: geographyuberalles
Four Floors of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hermosa Beach
Four Floors of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hermosa Beach
Published: 2009/06/17
Channel: Wes Lambert
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
Christian Science Church in Boston, MA
Christian Science Church in Boston, MA
Published: 2012/04/07
Channel: BibleandScience2
Interior of First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston
Interior of First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: geographyuberalles
First Church of Christ,  Scientist - Boston Massachusetts Drone Video
First Church of Christ, Scientist - Boston Massachusetts Drone Video
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: Aerial Attitude
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE  WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT HEALS
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT HEALS
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Michelle Nanouche
Pillars at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Pillars at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: geographyuberalles
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
Step out of your story and into healing
Step out of your story and into healing
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Prayer that Heals
First Church of Christ, Scientist - Services Room
First Church of Christ, Scientist - Services Room
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: Darin Jones
Presence (Percy Whitlock) - First Church of Christ Scientist, Bournemouth (Compton organ)
Presence (Percy Whitlock) - First Church of Christ Scientist, Bournemouth (Compton organ)
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: Christopher Lawton
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist: Long Black Veil
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist: Long Black Veil
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
Postcards from the Past: First Church of Christ Scientist
Postcards from the Past: First Church of Christ Scientist
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Made in Dover
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist: Irish Tunes
The Jeremy Kittel Trio at the First Church of Christ, Scientist: Irish Tunes
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: DarrenHoVideos
Modern Heresies: Christian Science
Modern Heresies: Christian Science
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Come Reason Ministries
Rev. Gerald Kisner, speaking at the First Church of Christ, Scientist Historic Tour
Rev. Gerald Kisner, speaking at the First Church of Christ, Scientist Historic Tour
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: ONE FLAGLER
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The First Church of Christ, Scientist
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The original Mother Church (1894) and behind it the domed Mother Church Extension (1906); on the right, the neo-classical Colonnade building (1972). The reflecting pool is in the foreground.
Basic information
Location Christian Science Center, 250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Geographic coordinates 42°20′40″N 71°05′06″W / 42.34443°N 71.084872°W / 42.34443; -71.084872Coordinates: 42°20′40″N 71°05′06″W / 42.34443°N 71.084872°W / 42.34443; -71.084872
Affiliation Christian Science
Country United States of America
Status Active
Website The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Architectural description
Architect(s) Franklin I. Welch (1894)
Charles Brigham (1904–1906)
S.S. Beman (1904–1906)
Architectural style Romanesque (Original Mother Church); Italian Renaissance (Mother Church Extension)[2]
Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Groundbreaking 1893
Completed 1894 (Original Mother Church); 1906 (Mother Church Extension)[2]
Specifications
Capacity 900 (Original Mother Church); 3,000 (Mother Church Extension)[2]
Dome height (outer) 224 ft[2]

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is the administrative headquarters and mother church of the Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as the Christian Science church. Christian Science was founded in the 19th century in Lynn, Massachusetts, by Mary Baker Eddy with the publication of her book Science and Health (1875).

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, is located in the 14.5-acre Christian Science Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The center is owned by the church and contains the Original Mother Church (1894); Mother Church Extension (1906); Christian Science Publishing House (1934), which houses the Mary Baker Eddy Library; Reflection Hall (1971); Administration Building (1972); and Colonnade Building (1972). There is also a reflecting pool and fountain.[2]

In accordance with the Manual of The Mother Church, the Mother Church is the only Christian Science church to use the definite article ("the") in its title. Branch churches are named "First Church of Christ, Scientist", "Second Church of Christ, Scientist", and so on, followed by the name of the city, in the order in which they were built in that city (for example, Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago).[n 1]

History[edit]

The Original Mother Church, designed by Franklin I. Welch, was completed in December 1894, eight years after the first Christian Science church, First Church of Christ, Scientist (Oconto, Wisconsin), was built by local women who felt they had been helped by the religion.[4][5][6][7]

Although fairly large for the time, the original church, a Romanesque Revival stone structure, is often overlooked because it is dwarfed by the much larger domed Mother Church Extension. Designed to fit on a kite-shaped lot, the former features a 126-foot (38 m) steeple and an octagonal auditorium that seats 900. It is built of granite from New Hampshire, Mary Baker Eddy's home state.[8]

Added in 1904–1906, the Mother Church Extension was originally designed by Charles Brigham, but was substantially modified by S. S. Beman, who took over construction in 1905 as a result of Brigham's illness. In particular, Beman minimized the Ottoman and Byzantine elements, bringing the domed structure in line with the Neoclassical style that Beman favored as most appropriate for Christian Science churches.[9] It boasts one of the world's largest pipe organs, built in 1952 by the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston. The sanctuary, located on the second floor, seats around 3,000.[2]

Christian Science Center[edit]

Designed in the 1960s by the firm I.M. Pei & Partners (Araldo Cossutta and I. M. Pei, design partners), the 14.5-acre (59,000 m2) Christian Science Center along Huntington Avenue includes a large administration building, a colonnade, a reflecting pool and fountain, and Reflection Hall (the former Sunday School building). The site is one of Boston's most recognizable sites and a popular tourist attraction.[10]

The Mary Baker Eddy Library is housed on the site in an 11-story structure originally built for the Christian Science Publishing Society. Constructed between 1932 and 1934, the neoclassical-style building with its Mapparium has become an historic landmark in Boston’s Back Bay. Restoration of the library’s 81,000-square foot portion of the building began in 1998, and the final renovation and additional construction were completed in 2002.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of the Mother Church: "'The First Church of Christ, Scientist,' is the legal title of The Mother Church. Branch churches of The Mother Church may take the title of First Church of Christ, Scientist; Second Church of Christ, Scientist; and so on, where more than one church is established in the same place; but the article 'The' must not be used before titles of branch churches, nor written on applications for membership in naming such churches."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Science Center Complex", Boston Landmarks Commission, Environment Department, City of Boston, 25 January 2011, p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Plaza architecture and grounds". christianscience.com. Boston: The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  3. ^ Eddy, Mary Baker (1910). "The Manual of The Mother Church" (PDF). Boston. p. 70 (p. 25 pdf). ISBN 978-0-930227-22-7. 
  4. ^ Nichols, Diane et al. West Main Street Historic District Oconto, Wisconsin (brochure). Oconto, WI: Oconto County Historical Society, p. 6.
  5. ^ Hall, George E. (2009). A History of Oconto. 2nd ed., edited by Duane Ebert and Pamela Ann Loberger. Oconto, WI: Oconto County Historical Society, p. 130.
  6. ^ Chiat, Marilyn Joyce Segal (1997). America's Religious Architecture: Sacred Places for Every Community. New York: John Wiley, p. 133.
  7. ^ Cather, Willa and Milmine, Georgine (1909). The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science. New York: Doubleday, p. 364.
  8. ^ Ivey, Paul Eli (1999). Prayers in Stone: Christian Science Architecture in the United States, 1894-1930. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. pp. 50–52. ISBN 978-0-252-02445-0. 
  9. ^ Ivey 1999, pp. 71–75, 119, and 122
  10. ^ Palmer, Thomas C. Jr. (October 17, 2006). "Church looking to redevelop". The Boston Globe. 

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