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“Too Late for the Inside tour”

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Oak Park
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Owner description: This Frank Lloyd Wright landmark shows off many of the Prairie School architectural features that made him famous.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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515 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
“Too Late for the Inside tour”
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 the overhanging eaves. Photographing a sign on the west side was problematic as the sun was shining straight on it. I'll have to photoshop my pictures of the place.
The Unity Temple is in stunning contrast to the Post Office across the street, which was Deco Federal style done by the WPA.

Visited April 2014
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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184 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Something Special”
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

Visited June 2013
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Oak Park, Illinois
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Some of Wright's best and not-so-best”
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 lose the battle, partly due to design and materials used and partly due to age. The spaces are fascinating, though, some quite lovely, some striking.

Visited November 2013
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Oak Park, Illinois
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A beautiful Church Inside”
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.

Visited December 2012
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Oak Park, Illinois
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Unique space”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have been here many times over the past 26 years--church services, Taize meditation, book reading, memorial service, concerts, lectures, etc.. It is unique and representative of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose home and studio are a few blocks away (and also well worth a visit).

Visited September 2013
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