Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Town and Country

We stumbled upon this church at the intersection of Highway 40 and Mason Road, set back from the road a bit.I'd driven by a million times, but this was the first time I looked at the church up close.We talked to one of the two Readers, and she said a member brought his cherry picker over one time and cleaned off the pillars out front.Overall, the church has been carefully preserved, with no crumby vinyl sided additions or other poorly matched repairs.This congregation certainly understands the importance of maintaining its church.I like the original light fixture set on the side of the building as well.The rock wall serves as a nice balance for the accordian-like stone pattern interspersed with colored glass.What looks to be the library has large windows that face out onto the grounds of the property. From what I could see, there was a large balcony wrapping around the two story room.Finally, I don't know what this curved room is; I know in Catholic churches this would be a baptistry.Another nice feature is that the vast majority of the parking is concealed around back, and the front lawn is unadulterated by blacktop.

1 comment:

  1. Tom Maher-KirkwoodApril 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    That IS a remarkable building - could find nada on the architect.
    Another CS building to check out some time is the one in Kirkwood, at 415 N.North Clay (a block West of Kirkwood Road and a block North of Adams). Scope it on Google Street and Bing Birdseye. The cornerstone was laid in 1909. It's much more traditional, but VERY impressive to me, a boy who attended a kinda decrepit OLD St. Peters Church back in the '40s and '50s.

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