A Look at the Art of the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston

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( 360 shot of the Christian Science church extension | Photo : Vishakha Mathur )

By Corallys Plasencia

The mother church for Christian Scientists all over the world is in Boston and it is there that this religion showcases its appreciation for art and architecture. The 14.5-acre site in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood was designed in the 1960s by the firm I.M. Pei & Partners.

It includes a large administration building, a colonnade, the Mary Baker Library with its Mapparium (a globe of the world that you can walk through) and a huge reflecting pool and fountain. Christian Scientists came from many different backgrounds and religious denominations and they applied church styles they were familiar with to the design of this church, according to Skyler Sackett, a tour guide at the church.

Here are some details about the original building and the church extension, completed in 1906.