Preservation Activities

Since opening its doors in 1904, Concord Church members have been faithful stewards of the church “gifted by Mary Baker Eddy” to Christian Scientists and the community. At the time, Mrs. Eddy’s generous contribution consisted of about half her wealth. Funding for the church was also received from Christian Scientists worldwide.

Mrs. Eddy penned the following when the Concord Church was dedicated:

This church born in my nativity, may it build upon the rock of ages against which the waves and winds beat in vain. May the towering top of its goodly temple . . . long call the worshipper to seek the haven of hope, the heaven of Soul . . . (My. 162:29)

For well over a century, numerous building projects were funded and completed. As the church entered its second century, however, it became evident that major restoration was needed. Preservation began prayerfully with the development of a metaphysical case statement establishing the spiritual basis for the work (“foundation stones”), guidance for action (“stepping stones”), and member commitment (“living stones”), which continues to undergird the preservation activity.

The construction work began with commissioning renowned historical architect Max Ferro in 2010 to evaluate structural needs, create a restoration plan, and select engineers with historical preservation experience. Next, the structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers prepared reports which identified urgent, short-term, and long-term restoration and maintenance projects.

When the time came to let the need be known that the church Mrs. Eddy’s gifted needed restoration, donations were received from Christian Scientists and churches worldwide. It is with much gratitude that we report that the following preservation projects have been completed.

Projects Completed 2012 - 2019

2019

  • Tower exterior and interior re-pointed
  • Lower tower roof replaced
  • Cap stones removed and parapet walls wrapped with flashing
  • Cap stones reset
  • Tower masonry joints and turrets sealed with lead t-caps
  • Tower windows removed, refurbished, and re-installed
  • Tower chime-room heating system installed
  • Coatroom and bathroom flooring replaced
  • Porte-cochere utility area refurbished
  • Patio reconstructed and access ramp installed
  • Patio and street-side landscaping

2018

  • All new electrical wiring throughout
  • Fire alarm system installed
  • Auditorium light fixtures refurbished
  • New platform and organ lighting installed
  • Auditorium ceiling and front walls repaired, plastered, and painted
  • Wall quotations re-lettered
  • Rooms for readers, soloist, & organist refurbished
  • Ceiling insulation added
  • New auditorium and vestibule flooring installed
  • Steam supply pipes replaced
  • Interior plumbing replaced
  • Porte-cochere roof replaced
  • Windows under clerestory roof painted
  • Large north and west windows painted

2017

  • Chimney for new gas furnace boiler lined
  • Basement boiler room construction competed
  • Twin gas boiler system installed
  • North gable wall masonry repointed
  • Roofing and flashing over Mary Baker Eddy Room repaired

2016

  • Damaged plaster on east wall repaired
  • Back half of auditorium painted
  • Exterior high windows painted
  • Large south transept window painted
  • North, west, and south walls spot-repointed
  • North, west, and south wall cap-stones sealed with lead t-caps

2015

  • Tower finials repaired
  • Clerestory roofs replaced
  • All critical areas spot-repointed
  • Tower windows painted

2013

  • Rose window repaired and painted
  • East wall repointed
  • East wall cap-stones sealed with lead t-caps

2012

  • Structural tie rods installed in tow

2020 - Projects to protect the Church

The Concord Church steeple is the tallest structure in the City. To protect the church from lightning, a grounding system will be installed.

Shatter-proof, ventilated glass coverings will be installed over the stained-glass windows. The windows were of great interest to our Leader. Mrs. Eddy selected the scenes for the stained-glass windows, and when they arrived from England, it drew her into the edifice, the only time she visited the church.

For more preservation information please contact us at: csconcordnh@gmail.com