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Unity Temple

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Frank Lloyd Wright
location Illinois, Oak Park
function church, monument
contributed by jfuchs

Unity Temple is a Unitarian Universalist church in Oak Park, and the home of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation. It was designed and built between 1905 and 1908. It is considered to be one of Wright's most important structures dating from the first decade of the twentieth century. Wright was not only living in Oak Park, but was also a Unitarian. He divided the community space from the temple space through a low, middle loggia that could be approached from either side. This design was one of his first uses of a bipartite design: with two portions of the building similar in composition and separated by a lower passageway. To reduce noise from the street, Wright eliminated street level windows in the temple. Instead, natural light comes from stained glass windows in the roof. Because the members of the parish would not be able to look outside, Unity Temple's stained glass was designed with green, yellow, and brown tones in order to evoke the colours of nature.


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Unity Temple
Lake Street 875
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Sunday Worship: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. (September - June) First Friday of every month: Family Night, Community Meal at 6:00 p.m.; Service at 7:00 p.m. Zen Meditation: every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
How to get there? Unity Temple is located at the intersection of Lake Street and Kenilworth Avenue in downtown Oak Park, Illinois. For directions and a map visit the website:
Completion 1908
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Client Universalist congregation of Oak Park
Project ID 3787
Latitude/Longitude 41°53'19N 87°47'49W
Contributed by jfuchs
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