Group tries to save West Side synagogue from demolition

March 6, 2012 3:25:29 PM PST
Shepherd's Temple on West Douglas Boulevard is scheduled to be torn down because the building is deteriorating.

Shepherd's Temple on West Douglas Boulevard is scheduled to be torn down because the building is deteriorating. It was built in 1913. But a group is trying to keep that from happening. They say if the historic building is repaired it could be used as a cultural center or museum.

"When this building was a church, when this was Friendship Baptist Church, this was one of the places where Martin Luther King Jr. was actually able to speak in Chicago," said architect Carey Wintergreen. "We don't have a Martin Luther King museum in Chicago. This would be a perfect location for that."

Abundant Life World Outreach, the church that now owns the building, is heading to court on Wednesday to show they have the funding to save it.

Chicago officials have not commented on the effort.


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