Thursday, April 29, 2010
First Christian Church
The First Christian Church was built in 1910 at 1166 Oak Street literally in the front yard of the old Dunn house. It was at about this same time that the Dunn's moved the original home to build a new family residence oriented toward Oak Street. The two large locust tree's to the left of the church were probably part of the Dunn's original landscaping. These tree's, planted in the 1860's survived until about 1990 when they were removed. This view of the Church is a very early one as Oak Street is not yet paved and the tower has not been built. The tower was added in 1926 to house the first set of chimes in Eugene. The structure is in the Classical Revival Style with a large central auditorium under the dome that can seat 1,200 people, 2,500 when the side partitions were opened to the smaller auditoriums.