Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Friends of First Church Berkeley

  • Berkeley, CA
  • friendsoffirstchurch.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Friends of First Church Berkeley is to assist the Christian Science Society, Berkeley in the restoration and preservation of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley that was designed by the renowned architect Bernard Maybeck in 1910. The Church building has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Our work has involved replacement of leaking roofs, repair of termite and dry rot damage, and seismic strengthening - a critical need as the Church is four blocks from a major earthquake fault. The Friends' education activities about the architecture involves sharing its beauty with the public through tours, occasional concerts and public events.

The Church is widely known in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has national and international recognition in architectural circles as a seminal building in the of the early 20th Century. The eclectic design includes elements of Arts & Crafts, Gothic, Romanesque and Japanesque styles.
We regularly have visitors from Great Britain, Europe, Japan and throughout the USA.

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The First Church of Christ Scientist is a National Historic Landmark and enjoys an international reputation.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director and Treasurer since 2016

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Mr Fred R. Porta PE

President since 2016

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Mr. Norman Givant Esq.

Keywords

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Architectural Preservation, Bernard Maybeck, First Church of Christ Scientist - Berkeley, Arts & Crafts,

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EIN

33-1050366

 Number

6853611077

Physical Address

2619 Dwight Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

Friends raise needed funds, provide on-site management of preservation work, and coordination of the architect, engineers, and contractor. Approximately $1.7 million of Phase 1 work was completed in 2007. Also, Friends led 28 group tours sevring over 700 visitors - College and High School classes, museum groups, architects, seniors and other groups plus the monthly free "First Sunday" tours.

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The First Church of Christ Scientist is a National Historic Landmark and enjoys an international reputation.

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Friends of First Church Berkeley

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Executive Director and Treasurer

Mr Fred R. Porta PE

President

Mr. Norman Givant Esq.

BIO

Fred Porta, PE has over 40 years of experience in management of architectural engineering projects, including a number of projects for the planning , design and construction of the work for the restoration and preservation of historic projects. He received his BS in Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas and his MBA in Business Administration at Stanford University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in California.

He has also had strong experience in writing Architectural-Engineering Proposals and grant applications. He has led the fund raising program for the Friends which has brought in over $2-million for the restoration work. Major grants include the National Park Service's "Save America's Treasures" grant, two grants from the Getty Foundation, a "Partners in Preservation" grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, and two UC Berkeley Chancellors' grants for landscaping.

Fred was one of the original founders of the Friends of First Church, Berkeley and has served as Executive Director and Treasurer since its inception.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Norman Givant

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