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First Church of Christ, Scientist, dedicated its edifice, corner Cossitt boulevard and Catherine avenue, last Sunday [May 1]. The building is of red brick with colonial pillars, the interior being finished in ivory and gold. It has a seating capacity of four hundred and fifty. Services were held at 10:45 in the morning and 3:45 in the afternoon. There was a large attendance at both services, many from out of town being present. The dedicatory address, prepared by the board of directors and read by Avery Coonley, First Reader, was in part as follows:—

On Dec. 27, 1896, after holding services six months as a society, the students of Christian Science in this vicinity organized as First Church of Christ, Scientist, of La Grange, Ill. Services were held in Conservatory Hall for four years, when the new Town Hall was leased. Here we remained until our church edifice was completed. On April 2, 1898, the Sunday School presented to this church the sum of ten dollars "to form the nucleus of a building fund." To this amount was added forty dollars from the church treasury. This fund gradually increased, and in May, 1902, the lot was purchased on which this building stands. Building operations began in April, 1907, and the opening service was held Sunday, Jan. 5, 1908. Many contributions to our building fund were received from friends and coworkers in Chicago and elsewhere. To these friends we return our sincere thanks. The entire indebtedness upon the building at the time of the opening has been paid by the members and congregation of this church. The total cost of this property was $32,000.

May 28, 1910

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