Cindy Safronoff invites us back to the early days of Seattle to introduce us to the members of the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist—the unique and controversial congregation who built Town Hall’s building. She presents the stories of a homeopathic doctor, a prominent dentist, an Assistant US Attorney, a king of the bootleggers, and a ragtime music composer—all followers of the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy. Safronoff touches on architectural aspects of the building, delving into the fascinating history of its stylistic elements including the basement, cornerstone, roof trusses, terracotta tiles, and art glass windows. She also brings to life several overlooked female figures in Seattle church history, and highlights the church’s democratic system based on equality of the sexes, which empowered women since its founding in 1879. Sit in for an exploration of the origins of Town Hall’s iconic structure, and learn about the people who constructed the building over a century ago.
Cindy Safronoff is an independent scholar who has presented her research on the history of the Christian Science movement in Seattle at academic conferences in Taiwan and Italy. Her previous book Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage won ten book awards and was featured in the Sunday Boston Globe.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.