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Morning Telegraph

New York, New York (Fourth Church).—Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, has just finished its new edifice, at One Hundred Eighty-fifth Street and Fort Washington Avenue. About two years ago Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, received notice from the Port of New York Authority that the site of its church building would be needed for the approach to the new George Washington Memorial Bridge. This made it necessary to seek a new location. As property sales in the section had been rapid, few desirable lots remained. The one chosen is one hundred by one hundred feet, the building covering ninety per cent of the lot with a ten-foot court along the westerly side that adjoins the rear yards of apartment buildings, thus giving ample light and air on all four sides.

The architects have successfully developed an original and distinctive style of modernistic church architecture, featuring massive wall surfaces with bold but pleasing ornamentation in stone and metal. The first floor, which is the main entrance for the auditorium, is entered from the One Hundred Eighty-fifth Street side of the building. The exterior is executed in a special oversized light gray face brick, with Indiana limestone trimming and ornate aluminum grilles, windows, and doors especially designed. The building is of fireproof construction with marble-finished, steel stairs throughout. It will be heated with oil fuel and equipped with indirect lighting. The main auditorium, which is equipped with a system of mechanical ventilation, has a seating capacity of seven hundred and eighty, having a level main floor with mezzanines on three sides.

June 18, 1932

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