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)