The Chief Designer at the firm was a young African-American architect named Julian Abele. He was the first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and he is now considered one of the greatest African-American architects in American history.
Some of his most notable works include the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University, and Duke University and Chapel in North Carolina.
Unknown until this year to members of the congregation and Palm Beach County’s historians, Julian Abele was also the lead designer of the First Church of Christ, Scientist here in West Palm Beach. Research into its architecture last winter uncovered the historical significance of Julian Abele’s impact on the Church design.