Church Center Progress

[This is the first of a series of progress reports the Sentinel will publish on the new building program of The Mother Church.]

People are viewing The Mother Church today as it has never been seen before. To Christian Scientists it seems as though something they have long known in their hearts is being visibly expressed. Clearance of a large block of old apartments has brought an atmosphere of light and openness to the area. This is the first phase of action on the Church Center plan to provide urgently needed facilities for expanding Church activities.

Brick apartment houses that had been hiding the Extension and the Original Edifice for seventy years, packed tightly together four stories high and an eighth of a mile deep, are no longer there. They yielded a little each day to the demolition work that was begun on Annual Meeting morning, 1966, and was completed three months later in September.

As the buildings came down, much of the brick and other material was salvaged and hauled away for use elsewhere. By the middle of October there was nothing left. A large block-long space along Boston's Huntington Avenue and Falmouth Street had been leveled, cleared, and rolled down flat. The land was ready for something new.

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December 17, 1966

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