Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ernest Holmes Was Here!

The Ernest Holmes Center
Top: 1935; bottom: 1990.
Sixth St. and New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles

Ernest Holmes, by far the most popular author on Newt List, built his spiritual empire in Southern California, a place he loved for both its geographic sprawl and its spiritual vitality. In 1935, after outgrowing his current office space, he moved his headquarters, the Institute of Religious Science, to 3251 W. Sixth St., in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles.

By the late 1980s, long after Holmes' death, the architectural gem had grown too small for the expansive denomination, so it was torn down and replaced by a modern office building called The Holmes Center, which was the Home Office for United Church of Religious Science (now called Centers for Spiritual Living). The building held administrative offices as well as offices of Science of Mind Publishing and Science of Mind magazine.

In 2011, the organization finally left the building and relocated in Golden, Colorado, thus ending a page in the rich history of New Thought in America.

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