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First Church of Christ, Scientist

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1923, Bigelow and Wadsworth; 1929, Bigelow, Wadsworth, Hubbard and Smith. 13 Waterhouse St.
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist (Keith Morgan)

This last of the churches on the Common was built in two phases, 1923 and 1929. Erected for the Christian Science Church, its complex plan—a two-level Sunday school in the basement surmounted by an auditorium at the second story—is, unlike all of its neighbors, a rejection of the meeting house/church configuration. Like the main First Church of Christ, Scientist, The Mother Church (BB86) in Boston, a dome surmounts it. A brick building fronted by a monumental limestone portico, the exterior design is Georgian Revival, the style that, by the 1920s, had become ubiquitous for all buildings in the vicinity of Harvard.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "First Church of Christ, Scientist", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 342-342.

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