In the Beginning

January 5th, 2021|

In the BeginningSometime in the late Spring of 1975, I began leading tours at Unity Temple. It was shortly after what is now the Frank Lloyd Trust had begun restoring the Home & Studio. In

“Cement Gun” Invention

December 14th, 2020|

Shotcrete was used to repair the concrete façade of Unity Temple in the 1970s and again during the recent restoration completed in 2017. This product has an interesting local history. The original dry version of

A Temple Made of Light

November 29th, 2020|

Wood, concrete, steel, and glass.If someone were to ask you what a building is constructed from, these are the likely the first elements that would come to mind. In a Frank Lloyd Wright work, however,

Cloisters of Unity Temple

November 19th, 2020|

Wright is much like a cinematographer in the way he evokes emotions with architecture. This is nowhere more evident than at Unity Temple where his “path of discovery” and “compression and release” techniques are used

Tendai Buddhist Experience Unity Temple

November 9th, 2020|

I served on the Board of Directors for about ten years of the late 80’s into the 90’s; primarily keeping an eye on marketing, publications and institutional branding.Together, the Board decided to focus on Wright’s

Emerson, Wright, and Unity Temple

October 27th, 2020|

Unity Temple anecdote—November, 2020Many of us longtime interpreters at the Home & Studio and at Unity Temple have stories to tell about exceptional tour experiences. A memorable one for me happened in the spring of

Lost Letters at Unity Temple

October 19th, 2020|

Ten years ago, on September 30th, it was discovered that the epigram "FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD AND THE SERVICE OF MAN" on the exterior of Unity had been vandalized. Of a total of 72

Unity Temple and the Klesert House

October 8th, 2020|

There is an interesting connection between UNITY TEMPLE and a house that will be featured on Wright Plus 2021, the John Klesert House. The Klesert House, located at 517 Keystone Avenue in River Forest, was

Is Unity Temple a Music Box?

September 28th, 2020|

Edward Lifson and Tim Samuelson once lectured in the Unity Temple cube to discuss its formation. They wondered: Instead of simply describing concrete masses grouped around an energized central space, what if the structure could

Unity Temple as New Future for Architecture

September 18th, 2020|

Unity Temple holds a unique place in the development of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. It is simultaneously an accomplished representative of architectural conventions and a triumphant overture to a new architecture. The equal-armed cross imbedded