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History of Jacksonville, FL: Karpeles Museum
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The Karpeles Manuscript Museum Library, located at 101 W. First Street, was originally built in 1921 as the church for Jacksonville's Christian Scientist Community, which was moving from the former Ahavath Chesed synagogue at the corner of Laura and Union which the Church had owned since 1908.
In 1993 this stately Neoclassical building became one of the nine Karpeles Manuscript Museum Libraries nationwide, whose mission is devoted to preserving the writings of the greatest minds in world history.
Image Courtesy J. Grey, CC BY NC
History of the Building
Photo of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, circa 1927. State Archives of Florida / Spottswood
Photo of the Interior view of the Christian Science Church Jacksonville, Florida, 1944. State Archives of Florida / Spottswood
Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage by Jacksonville Historical Landmarks Commission Staff
Publication Date: 1989-12-01
Information on the origins and architecture of Jacksonville's Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum can be found on page 198.
This collection in the City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Archival Collection contains numerous original hand drawings of single family dwellings designed by the Marsh and Saxelbye architectural firm established in Jacksonville.
Interview with director Richard Minor
In September of 2018, Prof. Isaac Brown's Digital Media class interviewed Richard Minor, director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, about the history of the Karpeles and its importance to the city. This video is the final project of one of the students in the class.
(PRINT) This is the story of Mary Baker Eddy, a frail, impoverished invalid, middle-aged, widowed and divorced, who rose from her bed after a life-threatening fall, asked for her Bible, and took the first steps toward the founding of the Christian Science Church. Four decades later, she was revered as their leader by thousands of churches in the U.S. and Europe, had founded a national newspaper, and had become probably the most powerful woman in America.