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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago destroyed by fire: 1/6/2006

    An instance of life's cruelty, the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church (at 33rd & Indiana) in Chicago was completely destroyed by fire on Friday, Jan. 6.

    This is important because the building was one of Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler's many architectural masterpieces. I was orginially built as the Kehilath Anshe Ma' ariv synagogue in 1891, and then became Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1922 when the surrounding Bronzeville neighborhood was gaining strength.

    Additionally, it is considered the birthplace of Gospel music.

    This is a huge loss for Chicago architecture and culture, and for the nation.

    Here are some links about the building and the fire:

    Pilgrim Baptist Church - Chicago Landmarks

    Chicago Tribune story about fire with photos (may require registeration)
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    Last edited by mendelman; 09 Jan 2006 at 11:59 AM.
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    I've come across so many stories of historic buildings lost due to contractors who were working on or replacing the roof. You would think that there would be extra caution during these types of jobs by having an employee or two whose principal job is safety and act as "look-outs." A friend of mine works for the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago and their office is absolutely livid.
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    That is such a shame. I agree something should be done to take extra precautions to prevent these types of things.
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    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Fear not, Blago, has pledged $1,000,000 tax dollars to rebuild the church.

    This site has video of the roof collapsing

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    They rebuilt the Frauenkirche 50 years after it was blown to smoking chunks, using the same smoking chunks. They can rebuild this too.

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    I hope that it can be rebuilt, too, but without Blagowhatshisname's million dollar state money pledge. From examining the images on the above-linked WBBM-TV (Channel 2) website, it looked like a wood-framed building built using HUGE timbers for its main structure. At least most of the outside wall remains standing and I see no reason why that can't be salvaged, unless the fire was so hot that it cracked the stones that it was made of.

    Also, for a 2002-dated aerial view of it, see:
    http://www.terraserver-usa.com/image...68&Y=92631&W=3

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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon
    Fear not, Blago, has pledged $1,000,000 tax dollars to rebuild the church.

    This site has video of the roof collapsing
    Why would they even need the money? Was the contractor not bonded?
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Why would they even need the money? Was the contractor not bonded?
    But it shows he cares. Awwww.

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    The latest heard from the Chicago news agencies on this event is that the workers for the company who generated the spark/ignited the flame ended up fleeing the scene without calling 911.
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