Nov 17th 2017


On Friday, December 8, from 5-9PM, IIT Architecture will host a holiday Gospel celebration and conversation in S. R. Crown Hall.

IIT Architecture and the Mies van der Rohe Society are excited to host a conversation about the future of the National Museum of Gospel Music on the former site of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Bronzeville. IIT’s campus is part of the fabric of the Bronzeville community. We welcome the conversion of the landmark Adler & Sullivan site into the home of the National Museum of Gospel Music. The proposed project by developer Don Jackson (Central City Productions) and architect Dirk Lohan (Wight & Company) will transform this nearby site into a museum showcase for international and local culture.

Order of the evening:

5PM | Reception

6 PM | Introduction
Alan Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology 
Michelangelo Sabatino, Dean, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Pat Winston Johnson, Illinois Institute of Technology
Alderman Pat Dowell, Chicago City Council


Don Jackson, CEO, Central City Productions
Dirk Lohan, Principal, Wight & Company
Ward Miller, Executive Director, Preservation Chicago
Tim Samuelson, Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

7 PM | Performance
New Direction Choir
LaVarnga Hubbard
Greg and Friends
LaVarnga Hubbard
Dexter Walker and Zion Movement

Closing remarks

8-9 PM | Reception

Registration requested. Click here to register.

Parking is free throughout the IIT campus (closest lots being D1, D2 and D4).

This event is co-organized by IIT Architecture and Mies van der Rohe Society, and presented in partnership with Pilgrim Community Center.

For additional information contact Annie Simmons