At a meeting of the members of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in San Francisco, held last Friday night [Aug. 13], the action of the directors in securing a building site at the corner of California and Franklin streets was ratified. The board of directors is now empowered to complete the purchase of the lot and to proceed with the securing of plans and the erection of a suitable church edifice.

The lot, which is situated on the northeast corner, has a frontage of 135.3 on California street and of 137.6 on Franklin street and slopes in such a way as to be available for the requirements of the Christian Scientists with but little grading. Definite plans have not been chosen as yet, but it is generally understood that the building will be so designed as to have accommodations for the Sunday School on the ground floor, where a bright sunny assembly-room and class-rooms can be provided, and that the edifice will front on Franklin street, where entrance can be made without stairs to the main auditorium. The cost of the lot was $80,000 and the structure to be erected will probably cost in the neighborhood of $145,000. It is understood that, as is frequently the practice in cities where there are two or more churches of this denomination, all will unite in assisting toward the erection of this first church building, and after its completion they will again unite in the erection of edifices for the other congregations as they are needed.

Christian Science was introduced in San Francisco about 1887, when one of Mrs. Eddy's students located here and commenced the work of teaching and healing, and the first church in San Francisco was organized Oct. 15, 1895.

September 18, 1909

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