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“Remarkable Public Building” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
708-838-8873
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Oak Park
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.
Baldwin, New York
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“Remarkable Public Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is a functioning church building absent, intentionally so, any religious markers, built in 1906-1908. Its exterior is wholly clad in (recently-added) concrete panels with pea gravel aggregate overlaid atop the orioginal poured concrete. The structure is composed of three spaces, of varying heights (Entrance Hall, Meeting Room, Sanctuary) and lighting exposures.Thoughtful staff understood and could articulate the engineering and artistic elements that define this architectural gem. The need for continued fund-raising, and the areas for its application, such as stained glass renewal, extensive flat roof replacement, sanctuary ceiling rehabilitation, and installation of a geothermal heating system, were made clear. The "Welcome" guide is well-written and instructive.
The Temple is easily accessible by CTA Green Line, Oak Park station, about three blocks distant. Parking suggestion for out-of-towners (the Avenue Self-Park parking garage, 720 North Blvd., two blocks away, across from CTA/RR embankment) should be made part of the facility's advertising. First hour's parking is free; $2.00 for second hour.
Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie Apartments" are one block east on Lake Street; his house, about four blocks away, on Chicago Avenue. You'll want to bring a camera.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Prairie-Style Landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This is an amazing building, especially as a venue for small concerts. It is pure Wright -- classic, angular Prairie School design that is one of his masterpieces. It is actually a church with an active congregation that faces constant financial challenges in maintaining the building. Visit, and throw a few bucks into the coffer to support the ongoing (constant) restoration efforts!

Visited October 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Not your typical house of worship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Both the outside of this structure and the interior are radically different than any other house of worship that I've seen. The interior follows the FLW style of clean lines, earthy colors, and "non fussy" style with great light flowing from above. A must see building if in Oak Park.

Visited May 2012
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SKOKIE
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“Another masterpiece!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Frank Lloyd is an international figure in building abnd designs. This temple is a testimony to this great genieous.

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Franklin Park, Illinois
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“moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I am a great fan of frank Lloyd Wright so enjoy all his work. the temple was amazing in its design and although I didn't feel a certain type of comfort I do in a church it was still worth seeing.

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