Inside and Outside the Churches of Scientology Around the World
Add this to a lengthy list of new Churches of Scientology that I’ll need to visit. On 16 June 2012, the ribbon fell on a gorgeous new Church of Scientology for Denver, Colorado – capping a multi-year project that Scientologists in Denver have been working on to create a new home for their religion.
See below for a map of the location:
The Church stands a block from Coors Field in the heart of the Ballpark Neighborhood Historic District. The building, originally constructed in 1916 for the American Radiator Company, is a renowned example of Denver’s urban revitalization. The Church meticulously preserved the landmark’s original features, including the distinctive neo-classical entrance crafted from pure-white Colorado Yule Marble. Presenting all facilities and services of a 21stcentury Church of Scientology, the new Denver Church is designed to serve parishioners as well as the city and county of Denver long into the future.
Amidst a jubilant crowd, a burst of confetti and a cascading ribbon, the Church of Scientology of Denver celebrated the grand opening of its new home. The historic building adjacent to Coors Field was originally constructed in 1916. It now houses all facilities of a 21st century Ideal Church of Scientology to serve parishioners and the community for decades to come.
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated Denver’s new Church of Scientology. Addressing the thousands of Scientologists, he said:
“The moment you elected to take responsibility for Denver—to become Denver in the most meaningful sense—you invoked the very essence of that word responsibility. And consequent to that, it now becomes your responsibility to bring all our programs and technology to bear: To not just teach kids how to read, but to read with such passion it sparks a cultural renaissance. To not just cut drug consumption, but to end the misery once and for all. And to not just provide a moral compass, but a full-fledged technology for living based on a reverence for life. So, yes, some might say our goals are impossibly high. But as all great things must begin somewhere, then let it begin mile high—at your Ideal Church of Scientology Denver!”
Reception: The fully restored lobby and reception are ready to receive visitors to the Church of Scientology of Denver—morning to night, seven days a week.
Entry Hall: The Church welcomes all Denverites wishing to obtain an introduction to Dianetics and Scientology. Just steps from reception, the Public Information Center presents a complete overview of every aspect of the religion.
L. Ron Hubbard Exhibition: The Church presents an introduction to Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard through a biographical exhibit honoring his life and legacy.
The Chapel: The Chapel is the site of all Scientology congregational services, including Sunday Service, Weddings and Naming Ceremonies. The Chapel also serves as a venue for meetings, conferences and a wide range of community events.
Café: The Church’s LoDo style café is open daily for the convenience of parishioners participating in Scientology services and for those visiting the Church.
Introductory Courses: The Church houses multiple classrooms for introductory courses on Dianetics and Scientology principles and their application in life, such as courses on being a successful parent.
Dianetics and Scientology Bookstore: The Church’s bookstore offers L. Ron Hubbard’s scripture on Dianetics and Scientology. Mr. Hubbard’s full legacy comprises tens of millions of published words in dozens of books and thousands of recorded lectures, available in 17 languages.
The Purification Center: L. Ron Hubbard developed the Purification Program to free individuals from the mental and spiritual damage caused by drugs and toxins, through a regimen of exercise, sauna and nutrition—all of which are provided for in the Purification Center.
The Academy: The Academy is where Scientologists train to become auditors (spiritual counselors), capable of applying the technology of auditing to help others attain spiritual freedom. The Denver Academy comprises multiple course rooms, each devoted to a different aspect of training.
The Office of L. Ron Hubbard: Traditional in all Churches of Scientology is the Office of L. Ron Hubbard, honoring the religion’s Founder and symbolizing this Church is true to his writings and ideals.
Historic 24th Street Entrance: The original American Radiator Company building, constructed in 1916, is now home to the Church of Scientology of Denver. The Church preserved the historical features of the 44,000-square-foot structure during renovation, including the neo-classical entrance crafted from Colorado’s exquisite Yule Marble.
Historic Entryway: The Church preserved the historic façade of the landmark American Radiator Company building, most notably its stately 24th Street entryway of pure-white Colorado Yule Marble.
Blake Street Historical Sign Among the features preserved by the Church during renovation is the original American Radiator Company sign, which has graced Blake Street since the building first opened its doors in 1916.
The Church’s renovation carefully preserved the building’s heritage, including the historic 24th Street entry hall with its grand oak staircase and wrought iron balusters.
Preserving a downtown landmark: The new home of the Church of Scientology of Denver in the Historic Ballpark Neighborhood, originally constructed in 1916, stands as a renowned example of Denver’s urban revitalization. The Church preserved the landmark building’s many distinctive features, including the skylights added at the turn of this 21st century.
In renovation of the building, the Church restored its historical elements, from the fixtures to the exposed brick walls.
The Church’s renovation was true to the history of the building, from its early 20th century industrial architecture to its 21st century features.