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Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

Address: 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
Phone Number: 708-838-8873
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Oak Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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Owner description: This Frank Lloyd Wright landmark shows off many of the Prairie School architectural features that made him famous.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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105 reviews 105 reviews
72 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I enjoyed my tour of Unity Temple. It was my first stop in Oak Park. I ama huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, so I loved this. I missed the guided tour by 5 minutes, so I just took the audio tour instead. He definitely shows off his genius in this building. He apparently broke every law of religious... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We very much enjoyed our tour of the Unity Temple. The volunteer was informative and clever. You can tell she has a real appreciation for the architecture of FLW.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

While others may be able to offer a more detailed architectural critique and discuss the wealth of history and local heritage this building offers; my experience involves attending meetings and Unitarian services here. While space may be at a premium for some events and building maintenance is an overwhelming struggle, I am always amazed at how FLW imparted a sense... More

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North Chicago, Illinois
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233 attraction reviews
354 helpful votes 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you are visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, you might as well make a stop at Unity Temple. Unlike other FLW sites, photography is allowed and after the tour, you can wander around on your own. This building seems to remind me of the Temple of Horus in Egypt - could it have influenced FLW?

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Not a lot to see here. Outside of building more interesting than inside. Our guide was pleasant, but reading notes for many specifics. Answered questions when it was fairly clear he was not sure of the answer. I'm thinking this maybe a fund raiser for the Unity Temple. They are beginning a major restoration, which is a good thing. They... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Wright's design for this house of worship expresses a nuanced understanding and appreciation of the Unitarian faith and it's New England Congregational Church roots. The design is simple yet it is natural. The lighting is profoundly touching. Sit in a pew and reflect on life.

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Lakewood, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great to see his philosophies put into a public building like this. Was able to take a bunch of pictures on the inside.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was our first stop on our mini FLW tour and when we arrived I was very surprised at the big grey concrete temple. There is no way you could describe is as beautiful, in fact it looks rather out of place in the upmarket neighbourhood. We went I for our 9.30 tour and started to learn more about the... More

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NY
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Temple is very interesting, although not as captivating as the FLW home and studio. The Temple is still in use, which is cool. The sanctuary was my favorite part. I liked that we were allowed to linger in the sanctuary as long as we wanted. It was a good tour.

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Owensboro, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We toured the Temple after first touring FLW's home. It was a shorter tour but well worth the time. I hope the congregation is able to renovate this beautiful building as planned.

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