The Stake Center is at 65 Binney St., off Kendall Square. Its crisp red brick exterior is a variation on the low-rise industrial buildings that surround it. Its steeple is more conservative than its Brattle Street predecessor, which stood unusually high and narrow. The Stake houses two chapels, a cultural hall which doubles as a basketball court, 12 Bible study classrooms, and offices for bishops and administration. Above ground and under, there are a total of 93 parking spaces.
Construction began on the $20 million church in September 2008. Like most Mormon initiatives, the two-story structure was financed through a general fund at church headquarters in Salt Lake City. The general fund is accumulated through the practice of tithing, in which Mormons contribute 10 percent of their annual salaries to the church. LDS is a lay church — no staff are salaried.