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Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Oak Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: In September 2009, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple will celebrate its centennial—100 years since this Masterpiece on the Prairie was dedicated... more »
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Lakewood, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Unity Temple is an emotional experience: sitting there creates a sense of peace. Extraordinary success in architectural design. The associated walking tour of Wright homes in Oak Park is the outstanding opportunity to see many of his designs. If you are interested in Wright, this is the tour to take.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We did this after the home and studio and you can see that his style was set. We id not take the tour but used the headset and it was enough. It takes less than half an hour and is really only 1 room and the chapel, so we found it a bit expensive, it was interesting though.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Because it closes at 3, we only saw the outside. The exterior is worth the trip, however. Concrete was only used for industrial buildings, at the time the Temple was constructed (around 1900), Frank Lloyd Wright made a decision to make this building out of it. The almost windowless concrete exterior gives large flat planes that highlight the ornamentation under... More

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Don't miss the Temple constructed from 1906 to 1908. Notice the great symmetrical form of the building, it is really the perfect place of worship

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is an extraordinary building. Doesn't look nearly as impressive on the outside as on the inside, and it is well worth taking some free time to see some of Wright's best design work. It also highlights where he did not, perhaps, get it right. Evidence of his continual battle with water, where concrete and other materials have begun to... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The building is a big concrete block on the outside but beautiful on the inside. Go when there is a church service because the music is usually great and they expect visitors. Or go see an event here such as a book signing. Check the schedule because tour times are limited.

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