Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (1908–1910)

Mary Baker Eddy actively led the Christian Science movement during her last three years, while living in this home. Supported by a dedicated household staff, her work included guiding church affairs, revising her published writings, fielding questions from the press, and founding a daily newspaper.

The Story

Mrs. Eddy had been living at Pleasant View, her home in Concord, New Hampshire, for over 15 years when she made the decision to move back to the Boston area. In late January 1908, she and her household staff took up residence here at 400 Beacon Street. Her home was a center of activity for the Christian Science movement and continues to stand as a testament to her role as its Leader.

The layout of her second-floor study here closely mirrors her former work space at Pleasant View, with her desk surrounded by a bay of windows looking out across the grounds. From this study in July 1908, just months after arriving here, Mrs. Eddy directed the officers of her church to immediately set about publishing a daily newspaper. And three months later, on November 25, 1908, this is where she opened and read the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

Here, she also made final edits to many of her writings, including the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Additionally, she published a collection of poetry, authorized the first translation of Science and Health into another language (German), and produced a stream of pastoral letters, articles, and messages to her church and the world. With the addition of final By-laws to the Church Manual, she also helped cement in place the structure that would carry her church forward when she was no longer present to guide it.

This would be Mrs. Eddy’s final home. She passed away here in her ninetieth year, on December 3, 1910.

The House

The original house was built circa 1880, designed by the renowned Boston firm of Peabody and Stearns. Mrs. Eddy, the third owner of the property, purchased it in 1907. She had it extensively remodeled under the supervision of Chicago architect Solon S. Beman, who had collaborated on The Mother Church Extension. The house was nearly doubled in size to accommodate her growing staff, which by then averaged about 20 people.

Through generous donations, Longyear Museum purchased the house from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in 2006. In 2016, The Mother Church donated many of the furnishings, and later added artwork and other artifacts. The house has since undergone a complete restoration and will shortly be open to the public again for tours.

 

Visitor Information

Address

400 Beacon St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
1.800.277.8943, ext. 100

Hours

Reopening June 14, 2024. Watch for information about hours, tickets, and tours.

 

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