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.
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