We are Grateful for all of the support, large and small, that has made all of the restoration work possible!


2005, Friends Awarded a "Save America's Treasures"
$550,000 Matching Grant!

Thanks to generous gifts from many donors, the match was made
and the work in the 1910 Church was completed in 2007.


logo In October 2005, the Friends were awarded a prestigious federal Save America's Treasurers (SAT) matching grant of $550,000. The request was for replacement of the leaky, over-aged roofs and related seismic strengthening of Maybeck's 1910 masterpiece, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley.

Receiving such an important grant is a great honor, and an affirmation of the national significance of the church. - a National Historic Landmark.


2006, A Getty Architectural Conservation Implementation Grant was received.


logoThis matching grant of $250,000 grant enabled the completion of the roof replacement and seismic strengthening of the 1910 Church and much of the 1929 Sunday School addition. Getty Implementation grants were worldwide in scope.


2006, Friends Received Top Award in "Partners in Preservation Campaign" The "Bubblestone Wall" Strengthening the 1929 Sunday School


logo In 1929 a much-needed Sunday School addition was added to the Church. In a unique competition described as "the architectural equivalent of the hit show "American Idol," the public voted on-line for their favorite among 25 preservation sites in the San Francisco Bay Area during six weeks in the Fall, 2006. The Church came in first place! The "partners in Preservation" competition was a joint effort of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Twenty five sites were selected to participate.
The Friends requested funds for seismic strengthening of the south wall of the 1929 Sunday School and received $118,000 for the project. Strengthening the "Bubblestone" wall was the top priority need for the Sunday School. With the help of the "Partners in Preservation" grant, a 10" concrete shear wall was installed inside the wall to strengthen it.

2009, Friends Receive A University of California Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Grant for Landscape Upgrade.

logo This grant of $30,000 was awarded for an upgrade of the neglected landscaping around the Church, with goal of increasing the public's enjoyment and carrying on Maybeck's vision of a garden setting for the church.  Helaine Prentice, ASLA, and Jim Horner, Campus Landscape architect, served as our University Partners.

2010, Friends Receive Second University of California Chancellor's Community Partnership Grant.

logo This grant of $15,000 was given to help finish implementing the Landscape Plan developed with funds from the previous year's grant. The work was completed by the end of 2010. By Spring 2011 the new planting was in full bloom and definitely fulfilled one of the goals of the grants, "to enhance the public enjoyment of the neighborhood."


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