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First Church of Christ, Scientist Building - Jacksonville, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 30° 20.215 W 081° 39.409
17R E 436865 N 3356302
Quick Description: The former First Church of Christ, Scientist building, now occupied by the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, is a contributing structure in the Springfield Historic District in Jacksonville, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 7:17:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMDRH8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
"The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is a museum in Jacksonville, Florida, one of ten Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums in the United States. It displays manuscripts and documents from the private collection of David and Marsha Karpeles, the world's largest such collection, as well as art exhibits.

The museum opened in 1992 in the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building in Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood, constructed in 1921. The Classical Revival structure is a contributing property in the Springfield Historic District and is listed as No. SP-61 by the Jacksonville Historic Landmarks Commission.


The first Christian Science services in Jacksonville were held in 1892 and First Church of Christ, Scientist was organized in 1897. It met at several locations in Jacksonville before acquiring the property that would be its permanent home in the Springfield area in 1921. The building, located at 101 West 1st Street (formerly 1116 North Laura Street), was built in the Classical Revival style. A contributing building in the Springfield Historic District, it is listed as No. SP-61 by the Jacksonville Historic Landmarks Commission.

In 1992 the congregation sold the building to David Karpeles. After the sale the church was voluntarily dissolved August 10, 1993.

Karpeles Museum

The Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum opened in 1992. It is privately owned by David Karpeles, a former math professor who had made millions investing in real estate and then taken up manuscript collecting. In 1983 he began opening museums across the country to house his collection, now the world's largest. The museum features three or four exhibits from Karpeles' collection a year, as well as exhibits from other collectors and around six art exhibits."

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Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Springfield Historic District

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101 West 1st Street Jacksonville, Florida 33206

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