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ta Monica, along with recycled paper tubes for the roof, reusable wooden planks, and gravel and sand for the floor. Most of these elements will be recycled after the show. The museum design team includes principal architect Ban; Gensler, the associate architect; RMS Group, the general contractor; and Arup, the structural engineer. The 56,000-square-foot museum will be disassembled and then reconstructed as the show travels to other destinations, including Tokyo, Berlin, and Paris. The Santa Monica exhibition will be on view through May 14. S.L.

Smithsonian chooses site for African-American museum

Nearly 100 years after the idea was first put forward, the Smithsonian Institution has chosen a site to house a National Museum of African-American History and Culture. On January 30, the Smithsonian's Board of Regents selected a prominent 5-acre location for the future museum on Washington, D.C.'s Mall, directly northeast of the Washington Monument. The central site, selected from four final possibilities, carries great symbolism for the museum's supporters.

"It is quite fitting that the experience of African-Americans takes its place among the museums and monuments that honor the history and the contributions of all who have labored, sacrificed, and dreamed to make this country great," said Lonnie Bunch, the museum's director.

Among the opponents of the location is Judy Feldman, chair of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall, a citizens group that supports a moratorium on all new Mall construction. "We understand why the African-American museum wants to be on the Mall," she stresses, but she says that a better solution would be to

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River, creating more public space, and to locate the museum on the Banneker Overlook, a raised site located close to the river.

The museum will likely cover some 350,000 square feet. The cost is estimated at $300 to $500 million, half of which will be provided by the federal government. Currently, museum officials have no comment on the design process. For now, the staff is hoping to raise money, acquire collections, and hire a project director. Mr. Bunch aims to open the museum's doors "in under a decade." Ilan Kayatsky

Chicago landmark lost in fire

Chicago's list of lost architectural treasures grew on January 6 when a fire accidentally set by roofers destroyed the Pilgrim Baptist Church on the city's South Side. Designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, the landmark structure was built as the Kehilath Anshe Ma'ariv Synagogue in 1889.

The distinctive design featured two stepped-cubic volumes, topped by a pyramidal roof. The interior, which held 1,000 people, was noted for its superb acoustics, and the building's second life as the Pilgrim Baptist Church (whose congregation acquired the structure in 1922) made it a haven for the performance of gospel music. Only three of the lower exterior limestone walls, with their characteristic Sullivan arches and incised ornament, remain.

The value of the church's property insurance remains undisclosed but is acknowledged to be less than the many millions of dollars necessary to restore the building to its original condition. Early pledges of financial support have come from the Chicago Pritzker Family Foundation and Governor Rod extend the Mall's axis to the Potomac Blagojevich. Edward Keegan

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