Our Mission

 The mission of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, founded in 1973, is to: 

  • Restore and preserve Unity Temple
  • Promote public awareness of and engagement with architecture
  • Educate the general public, including local, national, and international visitors of all ages about the significance of Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution to modern architecture

 Unity Temple Restoration Foundation is a secular, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

 

About Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is an architectural masterpiece, embodying the bold elegance, visionary experimentation, and functional integrity that characterize modern architecture. One of the earliest public buildings in the United States to feature exposed concrete, and the last surviving building from Wright’s Prairie Period, Unity Temple is considered among the most innovative and imaginative structures of the 20th century. Wright described the building as “my contribution to modern architecture.” 

In 1970, Unity Temple was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 2014, the US Department of the Interior authorized the nomination of Unity Temple, along with ten other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This icon of modern architecture continues to serve its original design purpose as an inspiring house of worship, as well as a center for community gatherings and cultural events. Unity Temple is a destination for approximately 20,000 area residents and visitors each year.

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) was founded in 1973 by volunteers dedicated to restoring and preserving Unity Temple. Over time, the organization evolved to promote architecture awareness and education through programs and events, introducing diverse public audiences to Unity Temple and to the design principles that inspired this iconic masterpiece.

Arts and culture programming presented by UTRF has included performances, films, and art exhibitions that complement and showcase the building’s unique design features. Humanities-based lectures and presentations, such as the popular Break::The::Box series, have highlighted themes in keeping with Wright’s spirit of exploring creative nonconformity. UTRF has hosted visits by classrooms for experiential lessons in American history, architecture, and mathematics; and presented youth workshops and summer camps on building and design. UTRF has also served as a site for meetings and conferences.

Board and Staff

HEIDI RUEHLE-MAY
HEIDI RUEHLE-MAYExecutive Director
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
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BRAD WHITE
BRAD WHITEBoard President
Associate Director, Alphawood Foundation
LEO KOONMEN
LEO KOONMENBoard Treasurer
Partner, Orchard Partners
ANNE SULLIVAN, FAIA
ANNE SULLIVAN, FAIABoard Secretary
Principal Sullivan Preservation
JENNIFER MARLING
JENNIFER MARLINGBoard Member, Congregational Representative
Senior Manager, Lead Information Security Analyst Cybersecurity Risk Management
LAURA THOMPSON
LAURA THOMPSONBoard Member
Non-Profit Board Leader
RON SCHERUBEL
RON SCHERUBELBoard Member
Non-Profit Board Leader
JULIE WILLOUGHBYBoard Member
Head of Sales, Americas Strategic Accounts, Morningstar

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