Mary Baker Eddy Monument

December 1, 2011

The Mary Baker Eddy monument, an anchor of the Halcyon Lake landscape, was designed by Egerton Swartwout in 1915 and completed in 1917. 

Swartwout won a competition held by the First Church of Christ Scientist for his Classical Revival design. The circular colonnade features eight 15-foot columns constructed without a roof or covering, so that nothing could stand between Eddy’s grave and heaven.

Carved of Bethel, Vermont white granite, known for its resilience in the face of New England’s harsh weather, the design features symbols relevant to Eddy’s personal interests and background: a wild rose, her favorite flower; a morning glory, which opens to light and closes in darkness; a lamp of wisdom; and a sheaf of wheat, symbolizing a bounteous life. Inscriptions on the monument are from the Bible and Eddy’s writings.

Learn more about the Eddy Monument in the article “Mary Baker Eddy Memorial” written by Michael R. Davis for the Winter 1997 – 1998 issue of Sweet Auburn.

2 Comments

    • Jessica Bussmann says:

      Dear Ms. Barns,
      Thanks for your interest in this beautiful memorial. Here are the inscriptions.

      Encircling the top:
      MARY BAKER EDDY DISCOVERER AND FOUNDER OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AUTHOR OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES

      At the base:
      The monument whose finger points upward commemorates the earthly life of a martyr: but this is not all of the philanthropist, hero, and Christian. The truth he has taught and spoken lives and moves in our midst a divine afflatus. Mary Baker Eddy (Miscellaneous Writings 1883 – 1896 166:3-7)

      And on the tablets to the left and right of the memorial:
      The term science properly understood refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of Man. Science is an emanation of divine mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance: the comforter which leadeth into all truth. Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health 128:4-6, 127:26-29)

      These things have I spoken unto you being yet present with you. But the comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name. He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you. Christ Jesus (John 14:25-26)

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