Blair Kamin by Blair Kamin
Chicago Tribune
Architecture Critic
MAY 18, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, the Oak Park landmark that is the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America
The $25 million restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park has been completed just prior to the 150th anniversary of his birth. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Watch this exciting montage of our progress!


We look forward to welcoming visitors to Unity Temple after the restoration is complete. Tours resume July 2017 and public programs early 2018.




The $25 million restoration of Unity Temple launched in Spring 2015 and will be complete in June 2017.




Unity Unity Temple is in the news! Local and national publications feature stories about Unity Temples historic restoration.




Your gift can support the restoration of Unity Temple, an endowment to maintain this historic landmark and future programming at this incredible venue.


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Walk through the newly restored Unity Temple

Saturday, June 17th, 2 pm - 5 pm

First Come, First Served. Last visitor group admitted at 4:45 pm

Wonder why Unity Temple needs to be restored? Lead restoration architect, Gunny Harboe and members of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation explain why in this short video. Enjoy!

Unity Temple rebirth still in labor

$25M renovation Wright masterpiece is making progress


A major component of the Unity Temple restoration is the geothermal heating/cooling system. Learn more about the process in the latest Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation blog post:

The mechanics of restoration: An interview with Mark Nussbaum


Ten buildings by the legendary architect nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

10 iconic Frank Lloyd Wright buildings


Restoring Unity: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Temple Gets Updated for Eternity

Restoring Frank Lloyd Wrights Unity Temple


50 Shades of Gray: Matching Concrete and the Challenges of Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

Challenges of the Restoration


Architects and contractors balance the old with the new in their restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structure.

Dust Flying as Unity Temple Restoration Gets Fully Underway


Unity Temple makes headlines! On the front page of Chicago Tribune’s A&E section, an in-depth look at the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece and fundraising efforts to support the project.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple to be Restored


Gunny Harboe, the preservation architect leading the Unity Temple restoration, discusses his career, the Temple restoration, and his work on other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings with Chicago Magazine:

How Gunny Harboe is Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Most Notable Works


Unity Temple restoration featured in Architectural Digest – “Wright About Time” is right!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple to be Restored


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