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“$8 for that?” 3 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 #3 of 16 things to do in Oak Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This Frank Lloyd Wright landmark shows off many of the Prairie School architectural features that made him famous.
Sacramento, California, United States
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“$8 for that?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I love Frank Lloyd Wright but it was one room and one self-guided tour. I did not learn anything but enjoyed the time inside the church. However, for $15 you can learn a whole lot more on a guided tour of F.L.Wright's first home so if you are short on time, do the $15 tour. Takes 10 min to tour the church.

Visited May 2013
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“a masterpiece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

always take out of towners to the f l wright district - wright was a genius and the oak park assortment is unreal.
unity temple can be appreciated even though it sems to be in a constant state of repair - all-concrete deteriorates.
but it's beauty is pretty obvious.
fwiw my 1st time inside was to see a concert by john fahey - bad night for fahey, but i got to walk around everywhere.

Visited July 2012
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London, Ontario, Canada
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“Quick Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Walking back to the train from FLW Home and Studio - we stopped in. We only went into the Common room and not the sanctuary

Visited May 2013
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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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