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Free tours of the Founding Church of Scientology as it looked when the author, explorer, aviator and humanitarian lived and worked here. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through his life’s work as an author, humanitarian and the Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard’s travels brought him to varied locations spanning the globe. With the need for worldwide communication lines to coordinate activities on five continents, L. Ron Hubbard moved the central operations of Scientology from Phoenix to Washington, DC. The Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC was appropriately inaugurated on American Independence Day, July 4, 1955. It stood (and again stands today) at 1812 19th Street, but a few blocks from the White House.
Now fully restored, the three-story building was the first headquarters for Scientology throughout the Americas. In his second-floor office, L. Ron Hubbard served as the first Executive Director, overseeing the organization of Churches and authoring the administrative articles and policies that continue to form the organizational structure of all Scientology Churches. And it was in the lecture room at 1812 that L. Ron Hubbard announced Scientology milestones emerging from his research.
Today, the carefully restored Founding Church tells a remarkable story from the dawning of Scientology as a worldwide religion. Through artifacts, informative displays and photographic galleries, visitors can once more walk in Ron’s footsteps—stand where he lectured, sit where he instructed and gaze upon rooms where he laid the milestones of Scientology.