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First Church of Christ, Scientist

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1957–1958, Royal Barry Wills. 114 Church St.
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist (Keith Morgan)

One of the country's leading designers of Colonial-style houses during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and the author of numerous books and magazine articles, Royal Barry Wills regularly published house plans that were widely adopted, especially in the Boston suburbs. When Wills and his wife moved to Winchester in 1954, he became a favorite architect among the town's residents. Although modernist architecture rivaled historical styles by midcentury, particularly for institutional buildings, the Christian Science church leaders in Winchester wanted to build in the “colonial style,” and thus they selected Wills. The church that he designed mixes Georgian and Greek Revival sources, alluding to New England church precedents without imitating any one period or style.

Writing Credits

Maureen Meister


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Maureen Meister, "First Church of Christ, Scientist", [Winchester, 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, 416-416.

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