Unique in that the splendid edifice has been erected entirely by "thank-offerings" and through none of the usual ways employed by church building committees to raise money, Second Church of Christ, Scientist, on the East Grand boulevard, just off Jefferson avenue, will open its doors for the first time on Sunday [Nov. 19]. The architecture follows the old Greek temple style, and while it is exceedingly simple in its lines, and without ornamentation of any kind, it is highly imposing in appearance. Situated on ground having about one hundred and fifty feet frontage and the same depth, the building has been placed a goodly distance back from the lot line and with twenty feet to spare on either side of its walls. It is built of cement and white stone and represents an outlay of about sixty thousand dollars.

The seating capacity is about six hundred, all on the ground floor, but this may be considerably augmented by using the foyer, which is connected with the auditorium by glass doors. The interior decorations are in old ivory, white enamel, gold stenciling, with Circassian walnut for woodwork and opera chairs. Beautiful bronze electroliers provide the lighting and soft brown velvet carpet lines the aisles. The reading platform has a background of white grill work, behind which the organ is placed, the instrument being run by electricity.

Second Church of Detroit was formed Jan. 30, 1910, with a membership of sixty-seven, and the members have met since its inception in a small hall on Jefferson avenue near the boulevard. The only other Christian Science church in Detroit is First Church of Christ, on Alexandrine avenue west, whose members helped the second congregation to build its new edifice.—Detroit Times.

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January 20, 1912

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