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For the first time in sixty-six years, the Christian Science Publishing House is vacant. But it's not empty. Renovation of its interior space will be taking place over the next two years as part of the restoration and renewal activities at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. While upgrading electrical, heating, ventilating, and safety systems and making greater provision for ever-expanding computer needs, those involved are giving careful respect to preserve the architectural strengths of the CSPH interior design. Renovation costs are expected to reach $28 million.
Rich in historical features, this example of Renaissance architecture, reminiscent of that found in northern Italy, is a significant treasure. Granite and limestone, received from a Bedford, Indiana, quarry, make up its exterior. Marble and solid wood paneling fill public interior sections such as the Lobby, Library, and Sales Room, as well as executive offices and conference rooms. Imported building materials from Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Belgium were also used. Built during the Depression, the Publishing House stands as a mounment not only in its design and structural integrity, but in its essential foundation as the primary communication center for a worldwide religious movement based on Christian healing.