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Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Portland, OR

July 31, 2018

Examples of A-A churches in Progressive styles from the early 20th century are infrequent, if not actually rare. William Gray Purcell of the Minneapolis-Chicago firm of Purcell & Elmslie (sometimes also with George Feick) were connected with at least two, perhaps because his wife Edna Purcell was herself a Christian Scientist. Their Minneapolis design for a Christian Science church remains unexecuted but the Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Portland, Oregon was at least half completed circa 1925-1926.

From these plans and sections, it seems the Sunday school was built first, in anticipation of the large auditorium sanctuary as phase two. In the plans they are shown back to back, unconnected by any sort of movable partition. So the F-1 model holds here.

The building now serves as the Miao Fa Temple.

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