Unity Temple, Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright

The street entrance facade

The plan of this Unitarian church is a front square (perhaps suggestive of unity), an entrance hallway, and a rear rectangular parish house (to the right in the photograph). The whole is built of concrete, a cheap material, and a daring move for church architecture in the early twentieth century. The church is a scaled-down version of Wright's Larkin building.

A view from the parking lot of the opposite side and a view of the church

The church has corner piers, which contain the stairs, screen windows, and a flat slab roof lifted above the cube-shaped building.

Details of the windows


The entrance porch--a long neck connecting the church and parish house--and details of the planters. Note the pebbly aggregate concrete.

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