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Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Minneapolis, MN

July 16, 2018

Progressive examples of A-A churches are far fewer than I’d have imagined. And I’m uncertain whether to include this unbuilt design by Purcell & Elmslie. Third Church of Christ, Scientist has the requisite auditorium sanctuary, a 180° radial space with entry through vomitoria-like access points such as one would find in a stadium; see St Paul’s Methodist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a similar worship space. Tucked behind and beneath this are a number of Sunday school rooms without the requisite assembly area adjacent, so it has elements of the A-A without actually functioning that way.

It’s regrettable that this project from the ‘teens was unexecuted. One wonders why. I’m also curious why spell-checking programs don’t like words like unbuilt, vomitoria, and unexecuted.

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