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Pilgrim Baptist Church: the Birthplace of Black Gospel Music Essay

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From the smooth tones of Sam Cooke and the melodious overtures of Marion Anderson to thunderous roar of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin, black gospel music is more than just a soulful sound; it is a collection of life changing beats that transcend time, culture, and religion becoming a powerful force in the dichotomy of American music.   As we embark upon the 21st century, gospel music has evolved into various sub genres and crossed over into secular venues becoming a new soulful sound of America.   However, like any style and form of music, gospel music does have its spiritual genesis.   Black gospel music as we know it today was birthed within the loins of the Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago.
Designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, this “architectural gem” was originally a synagogue whose innovative architecture paid homage to the progressive spirit of the Jewish Reform congregation (Kehilath   Anshe Ma’ariv), where Adler was a member (Preservation Chicago).   Designated as a Chicago landmark, the building, located on the corner of 33rd and Indiana, is one of the few historic synagogues documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey, which is a government architectural preservation program.   It has a three-story stone front, an arched entrance, and arched third-story windows, the building had a very large base, which stepped back to a very tall attic (faced in pressed metal, a cost-saving measure), and above that a steep hipped roof.   (Lebovich).   The orginal plans for the building called for it to be built of a special type of stone but because of funding issues, a less expensivie stone was chosen.   “Its stone base and Romanesque arches, recall the Auditorium Building on Michicagn Ave, for which the designers wanted to mirror the building after (Lane).”
"The interior of the building, with its impressive, parabolic vault formed by metal girders, was Adler's greatest engineering achievement," according the preeminent historian...

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