First Church of Christ, Scientist (St. Petersburg, Florida)
First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ Scientist, now the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, in 2008
|Location:||253 Fifth Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Part of:||North Shore Historic District (#03000040)|
|Added to NRHP:||February 20, 2003|
The former First Church of Christ, Scientist is an historic Christian Science church edifice located at 253 Fifth Avenue North, in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida. Built in 1925, it was designed as a basilican structure in the Romanesque Revival style of architecture by architect Henry Lovewell Cheney. Cheney used Filippo Brunelleschi's 15th century Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence as his inspiration. The builder was the George A. Fuller Construction Company of New York City, then one of the nation's leading builders. The building was sold in 1998 to the Palladium Theater, which renovated it for its own use, while preserving as much as possible of the interior, including the 1926 Skinner organ and the magnificent Arts and Crafts style art titlework which came from the Los Angeles studios of famed tilemaker Ernest A. Batchelder. In 2007, the Palladium Theater was given to St. Petersburg College and is now called the Palladium at St. Petersburg College.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, now holds services at 6333 First Street, Northeast in St. Petersburg.
See also 
- List of former Christian Science churches, societies and buildings
- First Church of Christ, Scientist (disambiguation)