The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Camberwell was designed in the Moderne-Classical manner in 1937 by the architectural firm, Bates Smart & McCutcheon. The building, designed with overlapping cuboids of banded, cream brickwork with patterned brick cornices, uses geometric massing to achieve a monumental form. The building comprises a Sunday school at ground level, administration at the rear and the church at the first floor level.
The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Camberwell is of architectural importance to the state of Victoria.
The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Camberwell is of architectural significance as an excellent example of a building in the Moderne-classical manner. A recipient of the royal Victorian institute of architecture (RVIA) award in 1938, the building was influential in the architectural profession and is an important early example of the union between religious worship and Modernistic styling. The building, with its limited ornamentation, was at the vanguard of church architectural styling. Churches within the state generally employed eclectic styling until the post Second World War period and the Second Church of Christ, Scientist therefore represents an early and significant break with traditional stylistic concerns in church architecture. The Christian Scientist movement, which began as an offshoot of Protestant religions, has established a dedication to modern architectural imagery worldwide. The church believes that a pure architectural design reflects the philosophical basis of the faith. The building, with its resolved design and skilful execution, demonstrates the influence of northern European and American architecture on Australian designs. The Second Church of Christ, Scientist is an excellent example of the work of the distinguished architectural firm, Bates Smart & McCutcheon and is important as being the first building outside of the city of Melbourne to receive a RVIA award.
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST - Permit Exemptions
General Exemptions:General exemptions apply to all places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). General exemptions have been designed to allow everyday activities, maintenance and changes to your property, which don’t harm its cultural heritage significance, to proceed without the need to obtain approvals under the Heritage Act 2017.Specific exemptions may also apply to your registered place or object. If applicable, these are listed below. Specific exemptions are tailored to the conservation and management needs of an individual registered place or object and set out works and activities that are exempt from the requirements of a permit. Specific exemptions prevail if they conflict with general exemptions. Find out more about heritage permit exemptions here.
SECOND CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST - Permit Exemption Policy
Interior decorative schemes
Interior painting/wall papering to walls and ceilings, provided the preparation work for painting/papering does not remove evidence of the building's original paint or decorative scheme.
Removal of existing carpets/ flexible floor coverings.
Installation of existing carpets and flexible floor covering.
Installation of curtain track, rod, blinds and other window dressings.
Installation of hooks, nails and other devices for the hanging of paintings, mirrors and other wall mounted works of art.
Refurbishment of bathrooms, toilets, kitchens
Refurbishment of any bathrooms/toilets including removal of existing sanitary fixtures and associated piping, mirrors and floor coverings, and installation of new fixtures, and wall and floor coverings.
Removal of existing benches and fixtures (stoves, dishwashers etc) and floor-coverings and installation of new benches and fixtures, including associated plumbing and wiring.
Re-wiring provided that all new wiring is fully concealed and any original light switches are retained in-situ.