The new Christian Science church, which has recently been completed on Pandora street, two doors east of the Metropolitan church, immediately attracts the attention of the passerby, for its exterior is materially different in appearance to that of any building in the city. It does not look like a dwelling-house, and even less like a church, for it has nothing of the customary steeples, buttresses, and long perpendicular windows, through custom commonly connected with sacred edifices. In fact, this church is built in an auditorium style. Including the lot and the furnishings, it has cost eight thousand dollars, all of which was subscribed by local members and friends. The building is of frame with a veneer of silica brick from the ground to the second story. In front a cavelike porch extends for fifteen feet under the second story, with the entrance to the auditorium on the right. The body of the church extends to the full height of the building. The room has an unusually neat and cozy appearance, with its stained glass windows, native fir paneling,—all the interior woodwork is of native fir selected for its grain,—heavy beam ceilings, tasteful chandeliers, and dark red folding seats arranged in semicircles facing the two Readers.

The local Christian Science church was organized seven years ago. At that time there were only five or six members of the flock. Two years ago the membership had greatly increased, and the meetings were held in the Knights of Pythias Hall. Since then the congregation has doubled, and the need of larger quarters and a place where Wednesday night meetings could be held was felt. The present building is the result.—Evening Post.

October 2, 1909

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