Project Fact

The campus, surrounding a plaza, was built over many years beginning in 1894, comprises of seven existing structures: the Original Mother Church, Mother Church Extension, Christian Science Publishing House, Mary Baker Eddy Library, 177 Huntington Avenue (former Administration Building), 101 Belvidere (former Church Colonnade Building), and the Sunday School Building. The last major development of the Plaza occurred in the 1970s with a world-renowned design by I.M. Pei and Partners and Araldo A. Cossutta, Associated Architects.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Boston, MA

Project

In 2005, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, an iconic and historic, century-old campus in Boston’s Back Bay, began a plan to reevaluate the use of the campus and other real estate, and to revitalize the Plaza itself, which represents one of the largest, privately-owned urban spaces in Boston that is accessible to the public. The planning for this project has spanned the last 6 years, and has recently received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to move forward to the next stages that includes up to 950,000 SF of new, mixed-use development.

Size

15- acre site, 1.7 million SF

Completion

TBD

Duration

6 years ongoing

Team
Owner
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Master Plan Architect
Elkus/Manfredi
Urban Planer
Sasaki Associates
Master Plan Landscape
Halvorson Design Partnership