Where Reformers Live

Where Reformers Live


“Adherents of Truth” are reformers. In her Message to The Mother Church for 1901, Mary Baker Eddy made reference to housing, feeding and clothing reformers after their careers (pages 28 – 29). Built on the grounds of one of Mrs. Eddy’s former residences, Pleasant View in Concord, New Hampshire was established by The Christian Science Board of Directors in 1926 as a residence for Christian Science reformers. In 1975 The Mother Church sold Pleasant View, and many of its residents moved to the Christian Science Benevolent Association at Chestnut Hill (now known of course as Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association). The BA has had a retiree residence program ever since.

The BA offers retirees an extraordinary residence opportunity. Residents live in the “Original Building” alongside resident workers as well as Rest & Study and Interim Housing guests. A monthy rental fee covers private living quarters, meals, housekeeping, planned activities and events, and transportation to services at The Mother Church and other local events. Meals are prepared on site by award-winning chefs and staff from Sodexo Corporation. Our residents comprise a loving, supportive community. The BA’s 24.2 landscaped acres provide a tranquil yet active setting. And the larger Boston area community has many features and attractions, among them Longyear Museum which is practically across the street, as well as The Mary Baker Eddy Library and The Mother Church located within a short drive.

For the next few weeks, the BA is offering two incentives for individuals considering joining our Independent Living community: a free stay for 3 days to explore living here, and a generous 15% discount on room rates. If you’re interested, you must book your free stay before the end of May, and move in before the end of June, 2010.

Call Tom & Marion Harvey at 617-734-5600, or email independent@chbenevolent.org for details and to schedule your visit.


8 Responses to Where Reformers Live

  1. Chestnut Booth, CS says:


    I worked at the CH BA in 1970 as a nurse aid, just before I went to college. It has blessed by whole life!! Now I’m in the full-time practice.

    The last living student of MBE was a patient/resident at the BA. I took her into the rose garden, fed her dinner, and got her ready for bed all that summer.

    She named me “Chestnut” because of my hair.

    My husband and I are not at the retirement stage, but I would love to know the current cost of retirement residence at CH BA, just so I have a sense of what’s out there and what it may cost.

    Thank you so much for the lovely newsletter,

    Chestnut Booth

    • Janiva says:

      Thank you for your loving reminiscence about the student of Mrs. Eddy’s. It touched all of us here at the BA, and we would love to know more.
      Also Tom and Marion Harvey, Independent Living Directors, will be happy to send you information on costs.

  2. Mary Llewellyn Blalock says:

    In September I am hoping to go on the Longyear trip to see Mary Baker Eddy’s homes. I understand that a couple of nights will be spent at the BA. Perhaps that would be a perfect time to get a feeling for the independent living opportunities.

    Thank you

    • Janiva says:

      Yes, we are looking forward to hosting the Longyear group in September here at the BA! Our Independent Living Directors, Tom and Marion Harvey, will be happy to send you information on Independent Living opportunities and arrange for a tour when you are here.
      Thank you so much for your interest.

  3. Lorraine J. Armentrout, C.S. says:

    Could you please e-mail me some idea about the costs I would have being a resident of your Independent Living Community? For example: what would the 15% discount on room rates actually mean? Thank you for this information.

    • Janiva says:

      We are e-mailing the cost information to you. Also we will post that information on our website and provide a link to it on our blog.
      Thank you for your interest.

  4. Donna Mummery says:

    Dear Marion and Tom,
    So glad to know the residential program is expanding. The rooms you showed me were beautiful, and who could ask for a more stimulating atmosphere living at the BA in downtown Boston.

    With warm good wishes,

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