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National Register of Historic Places in Washoe County

National Register #99000939: First Church of Christ, Scientist in Reno 15 March 2016
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National Register #99000939
First Church of Christ, Scientist
501 Riverside Drive
Built 1939

This Classical Revival building was designed by renown African-American architect Paul Revere Williams. It is in excellent condition and retains a high degree of integrity.

When the congregation moved to a new location in 1998, Moya Olsen Lear, the wife of Learjet inventor Bill Lear and the daughter of vaudeville performer, donated one million dollars toward the purchase of the building with the intent of converting it to a theater. Her donation was matched by the Reno-Sparks Theater Coalition.

Local theater groups used the building for about a year while the conversion was underway; however, the building closed in 1999 because of issues with the renovation work.

When we photographed the building in March 2012, it was still vacant.

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