Item of Interest

"What's that building going up over there?" shouted the driver of one automobile to that of another as they waited for the traffic lights to change signals at the corner of Norway Street and Massachusetts Avenue. He asked him a second time, and then the answer came, "The new Christian Science building." When less than normal building is going on, it is no wonder that a major undertaking like this should attract the attention of those who might otherwise pass it by.

As we write, the walls of the six-story office building (formerly occupied by The Mother Church offices) at 206 Massachusetts Avenue are being razed. The fittings and interior finish, including floors, have been removed, also the roof. The two stores facing Massachusetts Avenue, whose tenants recently removed to their new quarters on Massachusetts Avenue, south of Norway Street, are being demolished.

It is well that the wrecking is proceeding rapidly, for the space will very soon be required by the contractors, who, shortly after this Sentinel reaches its readers, will extend the work of shoring up the extreme edges of the Massachusetts Avenue end of the plot, excavating it, and putting in the concrete footings upon which the building will rest. Seventy per cent of the footings for the entire building are now in; thirty per cent of the concrete basement slab or floor has been constructed, and about fifteen per cent of the concrete basement wall. Because of the great weight of Monitor newspaper presses to be located there, the basement floor slabs in the Building B section are thirty-two inches thick. A number of subcontracts are being let, including that for the electric substation in the basement, the elevator contract, and so on. A contract has been executed for the structural steel required in the entire building, and some of it is now being delivered. About twenty-three hundred tons of steel will go into the structure of the building.

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Among the Churches
March 12, 1932

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