Year Listed: 1998
County: Teller County
Construction Date: 1880s
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Condemned
The Christian Science Church was constructed at the turn of the 20th century as a saloon and bowling hall. The property was converted to a church in the early 1900s. Located within Victor’s downtown National Register Historic District, this rare architecturally designed building stood as an example of the town’s rich mining history and architectural heritage.
Over the years, the building had developed severe cracks in its walls, which required the city to close off the street immediately in front of it over concern of public safety. The owners of the building had placed it on the market hoping a preservation minded buyer would rehabilitate the building, but an attempt to find a buyer was unsuccessful and the building was deemed a hazard and demolished. This loss provided a wake-up call to citizens of Victor that more resources would be lost without a stepped-up effort to preserve them.
Clip of the building in the opening credits of the Outer Limits television show