Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301 Directions
+17083838873
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The Unity Temple was beautiful! My boyfriend and I watched the 3hr PBS documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright the night before and were super excited to see it in person. It's places like this that make me LOVE Oak Park!
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Beautiful structure & worth the visit. It was sunny & hot when we went so the windows were amazing! (lack of a/c made for a quick visit) Glad we chose this building over the studio & house.
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Self-guided, so be prepared to browse and read. Having prior knowledge of Wright's work helpful.
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So incredibly beautiful.
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So pleased to see that the congregation of Unity Temple appreciates and shares this Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece. A "must see" for anyone remotely interested in architecture and its influence on everyday life!
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The temple is beautiful. One should go just to see the lighting. However, if I had to pay $20 per person for admission, I would not have gone.
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Wonderfully unique.
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Nice, quiet place to visit. Beautiful too!
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Wonderful self guided tour can be done while in Oak Park, visit the home and studio just a convenient 10 minute walk away for a great day
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Great to see any work by this amazing architect.
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"You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone.

More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.

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