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First Church of Christ, Scientist

Bernard Maybeck, Architect, 1910

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. First Church of Christ, Scientist Marker
Inscription.  
Roof replacement, accessibility, and seismic improvements: Architectural Resources Group and Degenkolb Engineers, 2007

City of Berkeley Landmark
designated 1975
Maybeck’s masterpiece is an Arts & Craft fusion of Romanesque, early Christian Gothic and Japanese architectural influences. Constructed with common industrial materials – metal, concrete, and glass – the design expresses permanence and integrity in design and structure. Massive diagonally crossed wood trusses supported by four fluted concrete columns allow unobstructed views from the congregation to the Reader stands. Skylights, translucent hammered glass window walls, and indirect lighting create a connection between the interior space and adjacent landscape. The Sunday School along the eastern side of the main church was added in 1929 by Maybeck in association with Henry Gutterson. 2007
 
Erected 2007 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. First Church of Christ, Scientist Marker
The marker is visible mounted on the pillar at the right of this photo.
In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 37° 51.933′ N, 122° 15.362′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Dwight Way and Bowditch Street, on the left when traveling east on Dwight Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2619 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Baptist Seminary of the West - Hobart Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Mrs. E.P. (Stella) King Building (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” (about 700 feet away); Soda Works Building (about 700 feet away); Moe's Books (about 700 feet away); "In Tribute to Chiura Obata" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Berkeley Piano Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); J. Gorman & Son Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .
1. First Church of Christ, Scientists - Berkeley Heritage. The First Church of Christ, Scientist is the only building in Berkeley that has been designated a National Landmark. It is the highest honor that can be given a structure or site in the United States. The church, located on the northeast
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. First Church of Christ, Scientist Marker
corner of Dwight Way and Bowditch Street, was designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1910.
(Submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Take a Peek at the Interior and Recent Restoration. The Friends of First Church Berkeley offers a short history of the Church and a number of photos of the interior. (Submitted on May 3, 2012.) 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
4. First Church of Christ, Scientist Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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