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Unity Temple - Oak Park, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 41° 53.302 W 087° 47.815
16T E 433885 N 4637688
Quick Description: Unity Temple was one of Wright's favorite commissions, and was innovative both in its revolutionary style of design and use of materials.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2007 1:22:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM1VQ6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 24

Long Description:
"Why not, then, build a temple, not to GOD in that way—more sentimental than sense—but build a temple to man, appropriate to his uses as a meeting place, in which to study man himself for his God's sake? A modern meeting-house and good-time place.

Build a beautiful ROOM proportioned to this purpose. Make it beautiful in this simple sense. A natural building for natural Man."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Edgar Kaufmann and Ben Raeb, Ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: Writings and Buildings. p75-77, 81-82.

Unity Temple was among Wright's favorite commissions and continues to be a favorite with the community of Oak Park, where the building is located.

Over 100 years after the Temple was completed, this beautiful building still carries a timeless look. Its intersecting rectangular planes were revolutionary at the time it was built, but its look wasn't the only revolutionary component of the building. It was the first building constructed of steel-reinforced concrete and showed that concrete could be used for more than just utilitarian structures.

Street address:
Lake Street at Kenilworth Avenue
Oak Park, IL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Cook

Year listed: 1970

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Religious

Current function: Religious

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2007 To: 12/31/2007

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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