Fifth Church of Christ


Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist

The former Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist is an excellent example of postwar ecclesiastical architecture and reveals the prominence of the congregation within the Hollywood community.

The redevelopment project “Horizon Hollywood” is suspended after the church site is successfully designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

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7107 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90046
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Mosaic Church, 2014 | Adrian Scott Fine


The former Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist is significant as both an example of modern ecclesiastical architecture and as a prominent, local example of Christian Science architecture from the postwar era.

Constructed between 1959 and 1960 and designed by local architect Howard Elwell, the distinctive, fan-shaped church building is dramatically sited with a curved facade oriented toward the corner and grand entrances off both streets accessed through arched portals.

The building is constructed of reinforced brick and reinforced concrete tilt-up panels, while the amphitheater-style auditorium was carefully designed for acoustical efficiency and features a fan-shaped accordion ceiling and canted rear walls. The lower level of the building contained the Reading Room.

The landscaping is carefully designed to accentuate the unique geometry of the building and sloping site with curved retaining walls and raised planting beds.

About This Place

About This Place

The congregation of Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist was incorporated in 1909 under the name First Church of Christ, Scientist, Hollywood.

Following Hollywood’s consolidation with Los Angeles in 1910, the congregation changed its name to Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Los Angeles to reflect Christian Science nomenclature; the ordinal number in the congregation’s title denoting its order of founding within a particular municipality or jurisdiction. While the Fifth Church congregation sold the property in 2008, the site remains one of the earliest and longest serving locations associated with Christian Science in Los Angeles County.

The congregation’s decision to build the current edifice in 1959-60, after outgrowing their original 1,000 seat, 1916 Beaux Arts edifice on the same site, reflects the postwar growth of the region and the prominence of Fifth Church and its Hollywood location. Actress Ginger Rogers was among those in the Hollywood community who attended services at Fifth Church.

While many of the earlier Christian Science congregations throughout Los Angeles continued to worship in their original structures, Fifth Church became one of the few to erect a new and modern structure. Elsewhere throughout the city, new congregations were formed and built new structures to serve expanding suburban communities.

The former Fifth Church has been used by Mosaic, a nondenominational megachurch since 2011.

Our Position

A mixed-use development project known as Hollywood Horizon called for the demolition of the church. New York based-developer LeFrak Organization, which purchased the property from the Fifth Church congregation in 2008, is partnering with Beverly Hills-based developer Kennedy Wilson on the project. The project would have consisted of 410 apartments in three buildings of six, eight, and twenty-four stories.

The Conservancy submitted comments on the Notice of Preparation in January 2015, pressing for the consideration of preservation alternatives that would retain and incorporate the building as part of the proposed project.

Save Residential Hollywood, Inc. nominated the former Fifth Church of Christ for listing as an HCM in May 2015. The City’s Cultural Heritage Commission voted to recommend designation during its meeting on September 17. On November 24, City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted 2-0 in favor of designation.

On December 2, 2015, plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist were suspended, thus ending the threat of adverse impacts to the designated Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).


Mosaic Church, 2014 | Adrian Scott Fine
Mosaic Church, 2014 | Adrian Scott Fine
Mosaic Church, 2014 | Adrian Scott Fine
Postcard of the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist circa 1960 | Courtesy of Marcello Vavala
Mosaic Church, 2020 | Erik Van breene
Mosaic Church / Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, 2020 | Erik Van Breene
Mosaic Church / Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, 2020 | Erik Van Breene
The congregation’s 1916 church (seen here in 1948) was replaced by the modern church in 1960. | Conservancy archives