The Original Boston Temple

The original First Spiritual Temple, past home of the Ayer Institute (Held in Trust by the Ayer Trustees)

Our benefactor, Marcellus Seth Ayer, built this beautiful structure on the corner of Exeter and Newbury Streets, Boston, MA.

The building was dedicated and consecrated during a three-day celebration on September 26th, 27th, and 28th, 1885.

FST Trust Historical Timeline:

  • June 28, 1883: Founding of Marcellus Ayer’s Church, the First Spiritual Temple.
  • April 9, 1884: Laying of the cornerstone for First Spiritual Temple.
  • April 30, 1885: Establishment of the Deed of Trust which benefits the Ayer Institute.
  • September 26-28, 1885: Dedication and consecration of First Spiritual Temple.
  • June, 1975: Original Temple sold by the Ayer Trustees; Temple relocated to Brookline, Massachusetts.
  • September 22, 1985: Centenary Anniversary of original Temple. Cornerstone was removed and contents of original time capsule given to the Trustees. New time capsule placed behind cornerstone, to be opened in September, 2085.
  • September 30, 2013: Brookline Temple sold by the Ayer Trustees.
  • October 1, 2018: Leasing building at 55 Main St., Route 28, West Harwich.
  • September 2022: The establishment of ayerinstiture.org.
The Original Boston Temple

Spirit’s Dedication of the Original Boston Temple

September 27, 1885. Dedication Given by Spirit Star:

“I consecrate this Temple to holy living, to universal brotherhood (sisterhood), to the cultivation of that spirit which the Divine Master brought with him, in his life and teachings when on earth, to unity of the spiritual life with that of earth, that there may be but one life, one brotherhood (sisterhood), one God and Father of us all; that from this place may be taught that wisdom which shall recognize more than teachings from the intellect, even the development and wisdom of the heart-life; that here the hearts of people may be awakened to do, as well as their heads to think, for only through the wisdom that comes from both heart and head can God be brought near to help us in all our endeavors. And may all who come to listen have receptive hearts to be taught how to live the divine life. Amen.”

Trustees of First Spiritual Temple Trust: 1885 to Present

April 30, 1885:
Marcellus S. Ayer
Frederick W. Gregory
G.F.T Reed

1892:
Marcellus S. Ayer
Frederick W. Gregory
Hattie M. Ayer

May 28, 1907:
Marcellus S. Ayer
Hattie M. Ayer
Frederick W. Leatherbee

January 30, 1921:
Hattie M. Ayer
Frederick W. Leatherbee

1929:
Frederick W. Leatherbee

March 23, 1931:
Frederick W. Leatherbee
John D. Curley
John Berlin

October 17, 1936:
John D. Curley
John Berlin
A. Viola Berlin

May 4, 1939:
John D. Curley
A. Viola Berlin
Florence Berlin

August 8, 1956:
A. Viola Berlin
Florence Berlin

May 12, 1976:
Florence Berlin

March 16, 1977:
Florence Berlin
Rev. Stephen Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis

November 4, 1980:
Rev. Stephen R. Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Margaret E. Braxton

March 17, 1983:
Rev. Stephen R. Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
William A. Henderson

May 2, 1986:
Rev. Stephen R. Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Rev. Doris H. Brown

October 16, 2002:
Rev. Stephen R. Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis

September 26, 2013:
Rev. Stephen R. Fulton
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Adele C. Fagon

June 16, 2017:
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Adele C. Fagon

December 16, 2018:
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis

February 8, 2019:
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
Joan Tweed

December 31, 2020:
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis

October 12, 2021:
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
James Amburn

Marcellus Seth Ayer (1839-1921)
Benefactor
Established April 30, 1885

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