A "Sky-Scraper" Church.
The first " sky-scraper" church is now almost completed. It is being built in New York to meet the many forms of activity which the congregation of the Broadway Taberna-ile put forth fcr the bet'.errnent of their kind. Beneath the level of the street is a large entertainment hall. Above that, and on . the level of the street, is the churoh proper. This ia surmounted by a magnificent tea storey tower, 190 feet high, 80 feet wide, Hud 50 feet deep. This tower serves the purpose of a beautiful stoaple in the architecture of the church. But, unlike a steeple.it ia not merely a thing of architectural elegance, whose utmost utility is to hold a chime of bells. It [is patterned aftec lha sky-scraper office building 1, and it serves a similar purpose in the extensive work of the church. Two large elevators run from its basement up through nine of its floors. There are nearly a hundred great and small rooms in this towering editice, including halls, chapels, and offices. A stranger can lose himself among the ramifications of the great building, so unlike is it to the usual simple interior of a church. The reason why suoh a church wa3 made was that more accommodation was needed as halls and offices, and the high price of ground precluded the possibility of extension in any other direction but upwards. Hence the sky-scraper church, and it promises to fulfil every requirement.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6554, 26 April 1905
A "Sky-Scraper" Church. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6554, 26 April 1905
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