First Church of Christ, Scientist (Newton, Massachusetts)

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First Church of Christ, Scientist
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Newtonville MA.jpg
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Location Newton, Massachusetts
Built 1940
Architect Densmore, LeClear and Robbins
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference # 86001753
Added to NRHP September 4, 1986

The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1940, is an historic Christian Science church building located at 391 Walnut Street on the corner of Otis Street in the village of Newtonville, in Newton, Massachusetts. It was designed in the redbrick Colonial Revival style by Densmore, LeClear and Robbins, architects. Due to cost constraints, its steeple was added later.[1] In September, 2004, the church sold its building for $1,050,000 to be converted into apartments.[2] The church in 2007 held services in rented rooms at 300 Walnut Street in the Masonic Building.,[3] but is now meeting at 1141 Walnut Street, in Newton Highlands. The building has since been divided into 11 condominium units.[4] It is now called the Oxford House,[5][6] and was the city's first inclusionary zoning project.[7]

The building is a contributing property in the Newtonville Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 4, 1986.

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  1. ^ Faulkner, Charles Draper, AIA, Christian Science Church Edifices, second edition, 1946, Chicago: self published, pp. 118-124, 4 images
  2. ^ Newton City Records[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ The Christian Science Journal, February, 2007, p. 106.
  4. ^ City of Newton real property database: 391 Walnut
  5. ^ Yahoo real estate ad accessed April 22, 2008
  6. ^ 2007 Builder's Choice Award Winner: Grand
  7. ^ City of Newton's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

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Coordinates: 42°20′51.8″N 71°12′25.7″W / 42.347722°N 71.207139°W / 42.347722; -71.207139