The Unitarian Universalist Church Congregation of Oak Park, Illinois has announced that after two years of renovations, it is re-opening Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Unity Temple. Some consider the building to be the first modern building in the world. It is a United States National Historic Landmark. The makeover of the 1905 building cost $25 million and was completed this month.
The Oak Park Unitarian Universalist Church is a member of the larger Unitarian Universalist Association, a liberal religious organization designed to be open to a wide array of belief systems including atheists and pantheists.
Frank Lloyd Wright identified God with Nature and strove to create buildings in harmony with natural surroundings. In his 1932 autobiography, he said, “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” Wright is considered “the greatest American architect of all time,” according to the American Institute of Architects. The organization considers Unity Temple to be one of his most important cultural contributions.
Unity Temple is located at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois. Guided tours begin on July 1st and last 45-60 minutes.