First Church of Christ, Scientist


Bernard Maybeck’s impressive 1910 church uses concrete and wood in its blend of arts-and-crafts, Asian and Gothic influences. Maybeck was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and designed San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, plus many landmark homes in the Berkeley Hills.

Free 45-minute guided tours are given on the first Sunday of every month.

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