Mary Baker Eddy Library
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Inside the Looking Glass
Take a deep breath and be prepared, for you are about to journey to the center of the earth—without ever having to leave Boston. Located on Massachusetts Ave in Boston's historic Back Bay, this beautiful globe is one of a kind. Chester Lindsay Churchill suggested the addition of a three-story, spherical globe to the library's design, which would provide the audience with an inside-out view of the world. The globe is comprised of 608 different stained-glass panels, and held together with a bronze frame. Originally, the design was able to be modified as countries and borders changed through time, replacing individual panels as needed. However, after much debate and given the ever-changing nature of borders, the globe room now represents a world frozen in time—1935 to be exact, with the USSR and Belgian Congo represented, and most of Southern Asia still under foreign rule. As we emerged onto an elevated glass walkway the doors closed behind us, expelling any of the natural light that the late-afternoon sun provided. Inside of this beautiful stained-glass globe you are forced to look at the world in a new light. That is exactly what Churchill envisioned in 1930, when commissioned to build the Christian Science Publishing Society's new headquarters. Next time you're in Boston, take a peak for yourself and see the map that inspired your grandfather's travels!
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