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First Church of Christ, Scientist
|Location||501 Riverside Dr., Reno, Nevada|
|Area||0.6 acres (0.24 ha)|
|Architect||Paul Revere Williams; builder: Boudwin, Walker|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||99000939|
|Added to NRHP||August 20, 1999|
The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1939, is an historic Classical revival style Christian Science church edifice located at 501 Riverside Drive, overlooking the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada. Anna Frandsen Loomis, a wealthy local Christian Scientist, underwrote the $120,000 cost of the building, including land acquisition and architect's fees. She was responsible for hiring noted Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams, the first African-American member of the AIA. In 1998 the congregation sold the building and used the funds from the sale to construct a new church at 795 West Peckham Lane. Church member and local theater patron Moya Lear donated $1.1 million to the Reno-Sparks Theater Community Coalition, which used the funding to purchase the First Church of Christ, Scientist and renamed it the Lear Theater.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- Paul Williams Project: Page on First Church of Christ, Scientist / Lear Theater
- Lear Theater history Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Faulkner, Charles Draper, Christian Science Church Edifices second edition, 1946, Chicago: self published, exterior and interior photos, pp. 186, 188
- Nevada State Register of Historic Places
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