Work to rebuild landmark church to start soon

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The on-again, off-again reconstruction of a landmark Chicago church known as the birthplace of gospel music is on again.

CHICAGO (AP) — The on-again, off-again reconstruction of a landmark Chicago church known as the birthplace of gospel music is on again. Church leaders have announced work to rebuild the fire-ravaged Pilgrim Baptist Church will begin in earnest this summer. A 2006 fire ignited by workers repairing the roof devastated the 120-year-old structure designed by famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. Officials announced a $37 million rebuilding plan in 2008, but nothing came of it. Pastor Tyrone Jordan says a first construction phase set for a 2012 finish will "prove to the world" the church will rebuild. The four-phase project is expected to cost at least $30 million. Mahalia Jackson, Sallie Martin, the Rev. James Cleveland, and the Staples Singers are among those who have sung at the church. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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