31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #5

The Christian Science World Headquarters, 175 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (Massachusetts Avenue at Huntington Avenue)
Church: Franklin J. Welch, 1893-1894, Church Expansion: Charles E. Brigham & Solon S. Beman; Beman, Coveney and Bisbee, 1903-1906
Administration Building, Colonnade Building and Sunday School: I.M. Pei and Partners and Cossutta Associated Architects, 1968-1973
Landscape: Sasaki, Dawson, DeMay
Publishing House: Chester Lindsay Churchill, 1932
Publishing House renovations: Ann Beha Architects, 2002 

I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. 

About The Christian Science World Headquarters: 

Who said Modernism was dead? Boston became a hot bed for Modernist architectural experiments in the 20th century for architects like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Alto, Pietro Belluschi, Paul Rudolph, I.M Pei among other notable architects. It doesn’t surprise me that one of the greatest urban spaces in Boston made this list. Everyone who has lived, lives or have visited Boston has in one way or another been touched by the magic of the 700 -foot long reflection pool and fountain.

I think you’ll get a stronger impression on the power of Modernism, particular this space if you read my letter to the Boston Landmarks Commission in favor of a designation that would landmark the Christian Science World Headquarters as a Boston Landmark.

View of the Mother Church and Christian Science Center, Boston, 1975. Credit Line: Nicholas Nixon. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. Gift of Tony and Robin Armour. Accession Number: 2004:45.

Photo taken by John Michael Garcia


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Todd Larson says:

    The Christian Science World Headquarters is a special place, indeed — a calming, cooling oasis from the urban congestion of Huntington Avenue and vicinity. The 1975 image is well-composed — a stark contrast of old and new, putting the Romanesque Mother Church against a backdrop of all the modernism of the then-recent years: the Hancock and the Christian Science Administration Building, the Prudential, and its surrounding apartment/hotel buildings, i.e., the good, the bad and the ugly. By all means protect the Christian Science Center as a landmark!

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