Scientology's Camden roots - 2015-07-13

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F0.png Scientology's Camden roots July 13, 2015, Kevin C. Shelly, PhillyVoice

Yup, the faith associated with flashy Hollywood — Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Elizabeth Moss, Jenna Elfman, Laura Prepon and recruitment at "Celebrity Centres" — has its roots in blue-collar Camden.

On Dec. 18, 1953, the church's founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard Sr., and four others, met on the second floor of the Smith-Austermuhl Building at 5th and Market streets in Camden's downtown with lawyer William C. Gotshalk. The two-story brick and marble building, which still exists, housed insurance companies, financial institutions, and several law offices, including Gotshalk's.

Built in 1920, the building sits catty-corner from City Hall and just down the street from the Federal Court House, amid the once-bustling hub of commercial Camden.


{{cite news | first = Kevin C. | last = Shelly | title = Scientology's Camden roots | url = http://www.phillyvoice.com/scientologys-camden-roots/ | work = PhillyVoice | date = July 13, 2015 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}