Just as the sun rose over the top of the mountains to the east of San Diego this morning [Oct. 25], the suitably engraved corner-stone of the handsome new First Church of Christ, Scientist, was lowered into position and cemented. The new church is located on the corner of Second and Laurel streets, and when completed will be one of the handsomest in San Diego. The lots upon which the edifice will stand were donated to the congregation by members of the local church organization. They are valued at about fifteen thousand dollars. The church proper will cost, when completed, about fifty thousand dollars. An additional ten thousand dollars will be expended for an organ which, it is said, will be one of the finest instruments of its kind in this section of the state. When completed the church and property will represent a total valuation of about eighty thousand dollars. It is the hope of the building committee to have the church ready for occupancy either late in March or the fore part of April, 1910.

The congregation is now worshiping in an artistic brick edifice on Third street, one of the neatest appearing churches in the city. When it was built it was ample in every respect for the congregation, but as the church grew in membership (and the growth has been rapid), it soon became apparent that another and larger church would have to be erected. The church now being built will have an auditorium with a capacity of about mine hundred. The Sunday School rooms, which are so arranged that by means of sliding doors they can be made a part of the main portion of the edifice, will have a seating capacity of three hundred, making a combined capacity of about twelve hundred.—San Diego Tribune.

November 20, 1909

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