Welcome to Third Church's building site.
Updates will be posted as next steps, including construction progress, are taken. If you have questions please contact us.
The membership of Third Church of Christ, Scientist, has had redevelopment of its church in mind since the early 1990s. Look at the documents, hearings, videos, and actions that have brought us where we are today.
So many have helped to get us here: the developers, ICG Properties and The JBG Companies; the Project Architects, Robert A.M Stern of NYC; our own architect firm that has been so faithful with our membership, Kerns Group Architects, specifically Brian Frickie, Principal, AIA; the city's religious community; the Becket Fund; our Dupont Circle ANC 2B, whose ardent support of Third Church and its efforts from the very beginning has been invaluable and encouraging; the Historic Preservation Office; the Historic Preservation Review Board; DC Preservation League; the Deputy Mayor's Office of Development and Planning; and our own headquarters church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts; and so many others.
Here's a snapshot of what you'll find:
- Questions &Answers: frequently-asked questions about the project and what to expect in landscaping, public meetings, and other details.
- Contact: e-mail us your questions.
- Design concepts and iterations: a preview of where we're heading, what's involved in the City process, community, other next steps, as well as press responses.
- Historical Background: the
steps below led to a collaboration of diverse groups' interests in this
project on a highly visible site in Washington, DC.
- Landmark: a twenty-year-plus process in which city, community, development, and religious interests began their discussion on various interests of the 16th and I Streets location.
- Demolition Permit Hearing: seeking demolition and with redevelopment consistent with Washington's L'Enfant Plan, the Sixteenth Street Historical District, and the National Capital Framework Plan.
- Legislative Efforts: legislative relief sought as an alternative solution that would benefit the community. Further efforts outside of legislation have helped to establish an administrative process where more diverse interests will be accommodated.
- Federal Lawsuit: sought removal of the church's landmarked status, focusing on federal civil rights laws.
- DC Court of Appeals: an administrative process that helped to bring various interests together toward a settlement.