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The Mother Church : A History of the Building of the Original Edifice of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts
The Mother Church A History of the Building of the Original Edifice of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston Massachusetts Author:Joseph Armstrong This is a narrative of the erection of the original edifice of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Joseph Armstrong, a member of The Christian Science Board of Directors borne with the responsibility of erecting the building by September, 1897, at a cost of not less than fifty thousand dollars, pre... more »sents a detailed account of this laborious effort, preserving a record of the associated trials, toils, and triumphs for generations to come.
In September, 1893, Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, advised the Directors to lay the foundation for a church building the following October. The contracts for excavation, pile driving, and stone foundations were signed on October 19, 1893. The first stone of the foundation was laid November 8, 1893. As soon as arrangements had been completed for the foundation, Mrs. Eddy recommended that preparations be made for beginning work on the church itself early in the ensuing spring, and that the work be finished in the same year, 1894. Thus began the extraordinary effort chronicled by the author which successfully concluded at midnight, a few hours prior to the first meeting on Sunday, December 30, 1894. Dedication services were held the following Sunday, January 6, 1895.
Among the unpaginated photographic illustrations included in the book are full-color interior plates of the church's stained glass windows.« less