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First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison

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Address: 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705-2298
Phone Number: 608-233-9774
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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by Marshall Erdman it is the meeting house for the First Unitarian Society a thriving Unitarian Universalist community of over two... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by Marshall Erdman it is the meeting house for the First Unitarian Society a thriving Unitarian Universalist community of over two thousand members. The large steam pipe organ that rest against the main congregational window reminds many Star War fans of Darth Vader's Helmet. If you attend a Sunday serve a free tour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Completed in 1951, this is one of the last commissions of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose parents were Unitarians. The building's dramatic glass prow gives the illusion of a ship cutting through the waves. Free tours are offered on Sundays after the 9am and 11am services.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were in Madison for a visit, and we included a visit to this Wright designed church. It is easy to quickly view and tour on your own without taking the "tour"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an hour and a half with our very knowledgeable guide, who taught us a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright and his personality quirks. We love to discuss architecture and our group was very stimulating.

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a tour of the church and it was very educational and worthwhile. I knew very little about Frank Lloyd Wright before-hand and felt like I knew much more about him by the time it was over. This was Wright's family church and he designed it. Learning about design elements and why they were used was fascinating. But by... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopping by on July 4th might not have been the best idea, but it was the only time we were in town. Walked around the outside and thru the little garden. Would have loved to see the inside.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We took a guided tour of this building, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951. It was his family church. It's a very interesting design and includes his trade mark fireplace at its heart. The meeting house is used by people of different faiths as well as holding services of their own.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

A terrific, well-preserved example of a FLW church. The guide was quite thorough in showing us the detail in the structure, down to a sample of the curtain that FLW designed. Copper roof, beamed ceiling and the attention to detail is impressive. No charge for the tour and worth a visit.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Made a quick stop to see it from the outside as tours are not available on Saturdays from May 1 - Sept 30. As a Frank alloyed Wright fan I wanted to at least catch a glimpse of it, which is free. ;) It's a few miles down the road from Madison's downtown area and definitely worth a drive-by.

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Springville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This church is a must see for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is also an interesting building for everyone else to see. Very impressive.

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