Storm Damage to Church Valued at $1M

Church is taking donations for repairs

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Pastor George W. Daniels Talks Damage

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First Baptist Congregational Church on the city's West Side sustains extensive damage from Blizzard 2011.

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Pastor George W. Daniels Talks Damage

A historical church that's among the few that survived the Great Chicago Fire sustained extensive damage from this week's blizzard.
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The blizzard’s toll on a historic church is estimated at more than $1 million, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The roof of the First Baptist Congregational Church, at 1613 W. Washington, collapsed under the weight of the snow during the storm. The building's interior and exterior were heavily damaged and the church's Kimball organ, the largest in America and appraised at $1.2 million, also was damaged. 

First Baptist Congregational Church set up a repair fund at PNC Bank at 2154 W. Madison St.

The church is holding services at the Hope Institute Learning Academy across the street, according to the Tribune

The church, designated as a National Landmark in 2006, survived the Great Chicago Fire.

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