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Firefighters battle a blaze at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006
CHICAGO - The architecture was majestic, the gospel choir was inspiring and services at the Pilgrim Baptist Church were so popular that worshippers in the 1930s and '40s had to show up an hour early to find a seat.
On Friday, the 115-year-old church, an integral part of the development of gospel music, was destroyed by a fire so intense that its flames and smoke could be seen from miles away. The fire gutted the church and collapsed its roof and steeple. The cause wasn't known.
The church was a place where the famous architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler experimented with the features that made them famous â€” such as vaulted ceilings, amazing acoustics and ornamental designs, such as the terra cotta panels with intricate foliage designs, said Ned Cramer, curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
It was built as a synagogue between 1890 and 1891, but it has housed the Pilgrim...
""Over the decades, the gospel stars who performed at Pilgrim included Jackson, Sallie Martin, James Cleveland and the Edwin Hawkins Singers. The funeral service for early 20th century boxing champion Jack Jackson was held at the church.""
This building seems to have been very significant of human endeavour. I wonder if the Lord had any use for it.?
We have six churches in our town where the heresies of Arminianism and it's counterpart Liberalism are taught. The "fire" in these directs the members to worship the creature and DIY salvation.