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Kensington News and West London Times

London, England (Second Church).—The beautiful building of Second Church of Christ, Scientist, London, that no lover of good architecture passing down Palace Gardens Terrace could fail to notice and admire, has now been dedicated. Designed on lines reminiscent of the Byzantine manner, the church has been described as a "harmony in brick." The material used, a two-inch facing brick in beautiful tones of purples graded upwards in russets and browns to meet the fine wide eaves of the sloping roof of red Lombardic tiles, gives the building a look of warmth and richness on the dullest day. The Sunday school, with accommodation for over four hundred, has a main assembly room with a series of small classrooms above.

The words of the Psalmist, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving," are inscribed on a panel of Portland stone over the main gate. Near by is the principal entrance to the church building, opening into spacious corridors, with wide doors on three sides giving access to the auditorium. Here the walls and ceiling of stucco-finished plaster form a pleasing contrast with the beautiful woodwork of the rostrum and fine organ screen in light oak, relieved with bands of polished pear wood. The auditorium is designed to accommodate about one thousand people, with seats built in tiers rising from the main central floor level, the object being that all speakers in all parts of the building giving testimonies of healing at the Wednesday evening testimony meetings can be more easily heard.

Kensington News and West London Times

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Admission to The Mother Church
June 8, 1929

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