Preservation Chicago In The Press

Preservationists Plead With Pilgrim Baptist To Drop Demolition Plans

Pilgrim Baptist, Photo Credit by Lee Russell, Library of Congress

THE GAP — Members of the preservation community are calling on Pilgrim Baptist Church to withdraw its application for a permit to demolish its landmark building and for the city to drop its court case against the church.

Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, said Tuesday he has visited the church on the past two Sundays to urge the congregation and trustees to stop their efforts to demolish any of the historic church gutted in a fire in 2006.

“What everyone needs to do is stop this litigation madness and come to the table and figure this out,” Miller said.