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  6. Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music

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Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music

Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music
Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music, Courtesy of Wight & Company
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When architects were asked to re-imagine Chicago’s neglected buildings for an exhibition, Dirk Lohan designed a revitalization plan for Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church. Soon Sullivan’s landmark building will become the nation’s first National Museum of Gospel Music, complete with a cafe, retail store, event space, research and listening library, and a 350-seat auditorium.

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Lohan was inspired by his personal connection to the space which held voices such as Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin. The museum design blends old and new by creating a steel structure that supports the old facade and a new solar-paneled roof simultaneously. Visitors will be able to appreciate Sullivan’s limestone walls from outside and inside this “building within a building.” Not only will this historic architectural landmark be revitalized, but Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will be as well.

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    3301 S Indiana Ave United States
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Cite: Lindsey Leardi. "Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music" 29 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/893183/louis-sullivans-pilgrim-baptist-church-will-be-renovated-into-the-nations-first-national-museum-of-gospel-music/> ISSN 0719-8884
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沙利文经典建筑“浸信会教堂”将被改造,成为美国第一个国家福音音乐博物馆