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UNITY TEMPLE (1904 - S.096)
 
   BOOKS    BROCHURES    GLASS    PHOTOGRAPHS    POSTCARDS    POSTERS 
 
BOOKS
   
Date: 1961

Title: The New Edifice of Unity Church  (Soft Cover (Published by Offset Press Inc., Oak Park, Ill.)

Author: Johonnot, Rodney F.

Description: This was first published in 1906 (Sweeney 59) and Wright was one of the three on the Brochure Committee.  Original SC List Price $3.50. (First Edition) (Sweeney 1463)

Size:

Pages: Pp 16

S#: 1463.00.0302

   
Date: 1984

Title: The New Edifice of Unity Church (Soft Cover) (Revised Edition. Published by Temple, Oak Park)

Author: Johonnot, Rodney F.

Description: "The New Edifice of Unity Church, Oak Park, Illinois. FLW, Architect. Descriptive and historical Matter by Dr. Rodney F. Johannot, Pastor. Published by The New Unity Church Club, June, Nineteen Hundred and Six." Reprint of the original 1906 booklet. It was reprinted in 1961. This 1984 edition varies from the 1961. A new section "The Edifice Expressive of the Faith" appears at the end of this edition along with a list of the original committee members. It includes one additional illustration of the "Interior of Unity House." Wright is one of three listed on the Committee on Brochure.

Size: 9.5 x 8

Pages: Pp 20

ST#: 1984.45.1015

   
Date: 1987

Title: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (Published by The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation)

Author: Skvarla, Melvyn A.

Description: Details restoration progress. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 1987.24.0406
   
Date: 1996

Title: Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Architecture for Liberal Religion (Soft Cover (HC Published by Cambridge University Press)

Author: Siry, Joseph M.

Description: Original HC List Price $79.95, SC List Price $34.99.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 365

ST#: 1996.42.0904

   
Date: 1997

Title: Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture in Detail  (Soft Cover)  (Published by Phaidon Press, Inc. London, New York)

Author: McCarter, Robert

Description: (First Edition)

Size: 11.5 x 11.5. 

Pages: Pp 60

ST#: 1997.15.1201
   
Date: 2008

Title: The Noble Room. The Inspired Conception and Tumultuous Creation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple (Hard Cover) (Published by Top Five Books, LLC, Oak Park, IL)

Author: Sokol, David M.

Description: 100th Anniversary Edition. "Early on the morning of June 4, 1905, lightning struck the steeple of Unity Church in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, igniting a fire that would raze the building to the ground. The Unitarian congregation suddenly needed a home and turned to local architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a new approach. With Wright’s execution of Unity Temple, the ideas he’d been working on and experimenting with for years were finally brought to fruition, and modern design was born. Wright’s design for Unity Temple was radical in its simplicity a monolithic concrete exterior yet sublime in its detail and revolutionary in its use of interior space. His approach would never again be the same, and his influence would extend around the world, forever changing the face of architecture and design. Building with poured concrete on this scale had never been attempted before; work took longer than anticipated, then stopped altogether; the architect made alterations and additions; the contractor disappeared for months at a time; costs skyrocketed. When completed in 1909, it was and still is considered one of the landmarks of modern architecture." (Publisher’s description.) Original list price $22.95. (First Edition)

Size: 5.75 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 182

ST#: 2008.11.0511

   
Date: 2009

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple. A Good Time Place (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Petaluma, CA)

Author: Cannon, Patrick F.

Description: Unity Temple of Oak Park, Illinois, was considered a modern masterwork from the moment it was completed in 1908. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) sought to produce a structure as dynamic as the congregation that would occupy it, finding inspiration in the liberal nature of Unitarian thought when creating the groundbreaking design. Wright's use of reinforced concrete was revolutionary for the time, making Unity Temple the first concrete monolith in the world. Inside, warm, inviting hues complement the red oak trim, and skylights and high clerestory art-glass windows fill the space with natural light. The building, which continues to serve its original purpose as a meeting-house for worshipers, is also admired for its superb acoustics. Wright was extremely proud of his design and wrote extensively about it in his autobiography. (Publisher’s description.) Original list price $24.95. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 9

Pages: Pp 80

ST#: 2009.25.0513

   
   
   
BROCHURES
   
Date: Circa 1971

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple. (Produced by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.)

Description: "With the destruction of Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel in 1968, Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois became the last surviving major building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early period." Informational brochure includes a general description of the building, significance, visitor information, restoration and how to donate. Includes one photograph and three illustrations.

Size: 3.75 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 8

S#: 1867.08.0604

   
Date: Circa 1971

Title: The Unitarian Universalist Church in Oak Park.

Description: "The Unity Temple. A National Historic Landmark - 1971. The Unity Temple, constructed in 1906, serves the vital purpose for which it was built - that of a church building. It is also a significant example of the creative genius of its architect - Frank Lloyd Wright. The present tour program..." Informational brochure includes history, original requirements, building description, information concerning Wright and one illustration. Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 8.5 x 5.5

Pages: Pp 4

S#: 1867.09.0811

   
   
Date: Circa 1973

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple.

Author: Heinz, Thomas A

Description: "With the destruction of Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel in 1968, Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois became the last surviving major building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early period." Informational brochure includes a general description of the building, significance, visitor information, restoration and how to donate. Includes three illustrations and one photograph. Design text and photography by Thomas A Heinz. Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 3.75 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 6

S#: 1940.06.0811

   
Date: 1986

Title: Unity Temple.

Description: "Unity Temple is where you will find the first real expression of the idea that the space within the building is the reality of that building... You will find the sense of the great room coming through - space not walled in now but more or less free to appear." Informational brochure includes a general description of the building, significance, visitor information, restoration and how to donate. Includes one illustration. 22,500 printed. Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 3.75 x 8

Pages: Pp 8

ST#: 1986.42.0811

   
Date: Circa 1990

Title: Visit Unity Temple.

Description: "Unity Temple is where you will find the first real expression of the idea that the space within the building is the reality of that building." Informational brochure includes a brief description of the building, significance, tour information. Includes two illustrations. (Two copies) Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 3.7 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 2

ST#: 1990.87.0811

   
Date: 1996

Title: Unity Temple. Self Guided Tour.

Description: "Welcome to Unity Temple, one of the most important buildings Frank Lloyd Wright built during his long career. As you move through the building you will experience how Wright creates anticipation by leading us through low, dark spaces into high, light spaces." Informational brochure includes a brief history, descriptive tour, general description of the building, significance, visitor information and restoration. Includes two illustrations. 22,500 printed. Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 4.75 x 8

Pages: Pp 6

ST#: 1996.66.0811

   
Date: Circa 1996

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple.

Description: "Wright’s use of poured reinforced concrete as the building material and the bold cubist design, broke the barriers on religious architecture in America." Informational brochure includes a general description of the building, significance, visitor information, restoration and how to donate. Includes five photographs and two illustrations. Gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 3.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 8

ST#: 1996.67.0811

   
Date: 2001

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (Published by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation).

Description: "My Little Jewel", The Space within the Building is the Reality of That Building", "Beautiful Room ...Noble Room" Wright on Unity Temple. "The Biggest Space in America", Ken Burns. Unity Temple was completed in 1908 and Frank Lloyd Wright said that Unity Temple "makes an entirely new architecture... and is the first expression of it. That is my contribution to modern architecture." Informational brochure includes a general description of the building, significance, visitor information, restoration and how to donate. Includes two photographs and two illustrations. (Two copies.) One is a gift from Kathryn Smith.

Size: 4 x 9

Pages: Pp 10

ST#: 2001.39.0305, 2001.54.0811
   
   
   
GLASS
 
Date: 1906/1969

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096) Glass fragment.

Description: Section of glass from original 1906 light fixture in Unity Temple, Oak Park, Ill. designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. "This is to certify that the attached section of glass is No. 104 (111, 141) of 200 sections from the original leaded glass light fixture in Unity Temple, Oak Park, Ill. May 28, 1969. These were offered to raise funds for the restoration of the Unity Temple.

Size: Opaque glass: approximately 1 x 1 x .10" thick. Information sheet 4.75 x 3.75. Includes 2.25 x 3 Jewel case for storage.

S#: 0064.10.0912, 0064.12.0614, 0064.13.0614

   
   
   
PHOTOS
   
Date: Circa 1908

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park Circa 1908.

Description: Unity Temple during construction, nearing completion. Construction material along Lake Street. Viewed from the Southwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

Size: Original 10 x 6.7 B&W photograph.

S#: 0085.21.0112

   
Date: 1908

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1908.

Description: Unity Temple after completion of construction. Viewed from the Northwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0085.32.0914

   
Date: Circa 1908

Title: Unity Temple, Oak Park Circa 1908 (1904 - S.096).

Description: Copy of the photograph published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Ausgefuhrte Bauten" 1911, p.11. Viewed from the Northeast, the exterior of Unity Temple’s main sanctuary. Lake Street is in the foreground, North Kenilworth Avenue is on the right. Lake Street is made of brick. The pedestal on the far left has been constructed, but the large urn has not yet been placed on top.

Size: Original 16 x 20 B&W photograph.

S#:
0085.39.0218
   
Date: 1908

Title: Inland Architect & News Record - Volume LII December 1908 (Published by The Inland Architect & News Record)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "Unity Temple and Unity House, Oak Park, Ill. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect." Photogravure only, no text, Hors-texte Plate, printed single side only. (Copy) Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives. (Sweeney 84)

Size: 7 x 10.

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0084.00.0914

   
Date: Circa 1929

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park circa 1929.

Description: Viewed from the Southwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center behind the large urn. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Photographed by Gilman Lane before it was published in "The New World Architecture," Cheney, 1930, page 341.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph and original 4.5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0228.23.0514 A&B

   
Date: 1929

Title: Unity Temple Oak Park Circa 1929 (1904 - S.096).

Description: Viewed from the Southwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center behind the large urn. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Photographed by Gilman Lane before it was published in "The New World Architecture," Cheney, 1930, page 341. Photographed at the same time as the photograph in "In The Nature of Materials," Hitchcock, 1942, pl.118. Mounted in a small folder with label hand written: "12937 Unity Temple, Chicago." Purchased from Toulouse, France.

Size: Original 5 x 4 B&W photograph.

S#:
0228.34.0318
   
Date: Circa 1929

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park circa 1929.

Description: Viewed from the West, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center behind the large urn. Lake Street is in the foreground. Photographed by Gilman Lane before it was published in "The New World Architecture," Cheney, 1930, page 33. Also published in "In The Nature of Materials", Hitchcock, 1942, plate 118, and published in "Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910", Manson, 1958, page 160.

Size: Original 4.5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0228.24.0514

   
Date: 1954

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1953.

Description: Viewed from Northeast, the exterior of Unity Temple’s main sanctuary. Lake Street is in the foreground, North Kenilworth Avenue is on the right. Reader board reads: "Unitarian Universalist Church. September 13, Welcome. Robert M. Rice, Minister." Clipping on Verso: "Poured concrete walls of Unity Universalist church at 845 Lake St. in Oak Park are only one of many unique features incorporated in the structure by its designer, Frank Lloyd Wright. The 50 years old church acts as a magnet for architectural students, said Dr. Leslie W. Beebe, Oak Park physician and surgeon and chairman of the church house committee." Stamped on clipping: "Sep 6 1953". Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10.5 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0987.42.0212

   
Date: 1955

Title: Unity Temple Sanctuary (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1955.

Description: The lower level viewed from Northeast. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1904, Unity Temple is lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. A band of horizontal art-glass windows, just beneath the ceiling, adds additional light to the Temple. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. The lower portion of the Temple is unbroken by doors and windows. Stamped on verso: "July 25, 1955," "Maynard Parker Photography, Los Angeles, Calif." Photographed by Maynard Parker.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1092.91.0216

   
Date: 1955

Title: Unity Temple Sanctuary (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1955.

Description: The upper level viewed from Northeast. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1904, Unity Temple is lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. A band of horizontal art-glass windows, just beneath the ceiling, adds additional light to the Temple. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. The lower portion of the Temple is unbroken by doors and windows. Stamped on verso: "July 25, 1955," "Maynard Parker Photography, Los Angeles, Calif." Photographed by Maynard Parker.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1092.92.0216

   
Date: Circa 1963

Title: Unity Temple Sanctuary, Oak Park, Circa 1963 (1904 - S.096).

Description: View of the Unity Temple Sanctuary from the North, toward the Pulpit. Three levels of seating are to the left and right sides. Rows of clerestory windows on each side allows soft light to enter the sanctuary. This photograph was included with a brochure for an exhibition at Unity Temple in 1963.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#:
1565.53.0817
   
Date: Circa 1963

Title: Unity Temple Sanctuary, Oak Park, Circa 1963 (1904 - S.096).

Description: View of the Unity Temple Sanctuary from the Pulpit, looking Northeast. Two levels of seating are at the back, three to the left and right sides. Rows of clerestory windows on each side allows soft light to enter the sanctuary. This photograph was included with a
brochure for an exhibition at Unity Temple in 1963.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#:
1565.54.0817
   
Date: 1964

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1964.

Description: Viewed from Northwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, and the Entrance is in the center. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Caption on Verso: "Unitarian Universalist Church (Unity Temple), Oak Park." Stamped on verso: "Feb 28, 1964". Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1596.23.0112

   
Date: 1965

Title: Unity Temple, Oak Park 1965 (1904 - S.096).

Description: View of the interior from Northeast. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1904. Clipping pasted to verso: "December 12, 1965. 7D. Wright’s Golden Years. An Early Church by Wright, the old Unity Temple of 1906 in Oak Park, Ill., was what he considered one of his crucial conceptions, realizing a new feeling for interior space..." Stamped on clipping: "Dec 12 1965."

Size: Original 9 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#:
1628.63.0918
   
Date: 1967

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1967.

Description: Viewed from Southwest, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, the Entrance is not visible in this image. Photographed in June 1967 by Philip Turner. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 8 x10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1720.14.0112

   
Date: 1967

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1967.

Description: Viewed from West, Unity Temple is on the left, Unity House is on the right, the Entrance is in the center. Lake Street is on the left, North Kenilworth Avenue in the foreground. Photographed in June 1967 by Philip Turner. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 8 x10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1720.15.0112

   
Date: 1967

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1967.

Description: Viewed from North, the exterior of Unity Temple’s main sanctuary. Lake Street is in he foreground, North Kenilworth Avenue is on the right. Reader board reads: "Unitarian Universalist Church. Sunday Service June 18, Sermon, Man’s vision of Nature and Himself. Robert M. Rice, Minister." Photographed in June 1967 by Philip Turner. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 8 x10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1720.16.0112

   
Date: 1967

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1967.

Description: View of the interior of Unity Temple’s sanctuary. Both Unity Temple and Unity House are lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. A band of horizontal windows, just beneath the ceiling adds additional light to the Temple. The lower portion of the Temple is unbroken by doors and windows. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. Photographed in June 1967 by Philip Turner. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1720.17.0112

   


Detail: Variations of the slant back chair appeared in buildings Wright designed during this time period. Unity Temple, the Larkin Building, Wright’s Home, and the Robie House.

Detail: These chairs were designed by Wright for Browne’s Bookstore in 1907. When Browne's moved from the seventh floor to the first floor in September 1911, they were donated to Unity Temple.
Date: 1967

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1967.

Description: View of the interior of Unity House. Unity House consisted of meeting and class rooms. Both Unity Temple and Unity House are lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. Of note are the six chairs in this photograph. Four matching chairs in the center, two matching chairs on the left and right. Variations of the slant back chair appeared in buildings during this time period. Unity Temple, the Larkin Building, 1903 (Quinan, p83), Wright’s Home (Circa 1904, Hanks, p38), and Robie House in 1916 (Hoffman p81). The two matching chairs, left and right, originated with the Browne’s Bookstore. Designed by Wright for Browne’s Bookstore in 1907, they moved from the seventh floor to the first floor in September 1911, and were donated to Unity Temple shortly after that. Photographed in June 1967 by Philip Turner. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1720.18.0112

   
Date: 1971

Title: Unity Temple (S.096 1904) 1971.

Photographer: Jack Dykinga

Description: Stamped on verso: "Chicago Sun-Times, Mar 1 1971." Label on verso: "Photographer: Jack Dykinga. Date: Feb 27/71. Location: Oak Park. Subject: Unity Temple. Caption: Exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple." Clipping pasted to verso: "Historic landmarks here. Exterior of the Avery Coonley home, 300 Scottswood, Riverside, which has been designed by Interior Sec. Rogers C. B. Morton, in Washington as a national historic landmark, along with Unity Temple at Lake and Kenilworth in Oak Park. Frank Lloyd Wright designed both." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Size: Original B&W photograph, 10.5 x 8.25

S#: 1867.07.0711

   
Date: 1971

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park, 1971.

Description: Interior ceiling. Label pasted to verso: "Date: March 13, 1971. Location: 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Photographer: Quentin C. Dodt. Caption: Unity Temple. Fund raising to restore Frank Lloyd Wright building. View of ceiling in main room. Architect said windows need to be taken out and releaded." Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original B&W photograph, 6.75 x 10.

S#: 1867.10.0212

   
Date: 1971

Title: Unity Temple 1971. (S.096 1904)

Photographer: Photographed by Quentin C. Dodt,

Description: Published March 21, 1971, "Cracks in the exterior of the Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak park, are among the signs of deterioration which a restoration committee wants to remedy. The temple has been named a national landmark." March 13, 1971.

Size: Original B&W photograph, 10 x 7.

S#: 1867.03.0210

   
Date: 1975

Title: Unity Temple Sanctuary Circa 1975 (1904 - S.096).

Description: View of the Unity Temple Sanctuary from the North, toward the Pulpit. Three levels of seating are to the left and right sides. Rows of clerestory windows on each side allows soft light to enter the sanctuary. Label on sleeve: "Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959). 1906 (Restored 1971), Oak Park, Illinois. American Architecture."

Size: Original glass 35mm color slide and 10 x 8 high res digital image.

ST#:
1996.34.0418
   
Date: 1977

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1977.

Description: View from the West, of the exterior of Unity Temple’s sanctuary. Lake Street is on the far left, North Kenilworth Avenue is on the far right. The stairs on the right lead to the Entrance. Photographed in October 1977 by Walter Smalling Jr.. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 10 x 8 Color photograph.

S#: 2033.04.0112

   
Date: 1977

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1977.

Description: View of Unity Temple’s sanctuary. Both Unity Temple and Unity House are lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. A band of horizontal windows, just beneath the ceiling adds additional light to the Temple. The lower portion of the Temple is unbroken by doors and windows. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. Photographed in October 1977 by Walter Smalling Jr.. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 10 x 8 Color photograph.

S#: 2033.05.0112

   
Date: 1977

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1977.

Description: View of Unity Temple’s ceiling. Both Unity Temple and Unity House are lit mainly from the top through large skylights, filtered through art glass. A band of horizontal windows, just beneath the ceiling adds additional light to the Temple. The lower portion of the Temple is unbroken by doors and windows. The walls are poured concrete, Wright’s first use of the material. Photographed in October 1977 by Walter Smalling Jr.. Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Size: Original 10 x 8 Color photograph.

S#: 2033.06.0112

   
Date: 1978

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1978

Description: Sheet pasted on verso: "Unity Temple, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905-1908, is a three dimensional monument to ‘the worship of God and the service of man.’ executed in poured concrete, Wright’s first use of this material. Designed of a series of completely interlocking rectilinear solids, it is a testimony to Wright’s extraordinary gift to translate blueprints into sculpture. The church itself is a simple cubic volume of space lighted from above by a skylight of beautiful art glass. The intimate interior spaces are an intricate arrangement of broad uninterrupted wall planes, balconies, passageways, massive decorated piers, alternating windows and art glass, achieving an unparalleled strong sense of repose. The Unitarian Universalist Church building (called Unity temple) was declared a national historical Landmark in 1969 and has undergone an extensive careful restoration under supervision by Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s eldest son. The church will be shown on all tours during the Oak Park Festival July 22-30." Clipping pasted to verso: "Open housed can be humdrum but not when oak Park, Ill, holds its annual festival July 22-30. Oak Park, west of Chicago, boasts the largest array of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. It also has the birthplace and boyhood home of Earnest Hemingway. I-04 gets you there." Stamped on verso: "June 25, 1978". Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W Print.

ST#: 1978.38.0211

   
Date: 1988

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1988.

Description: Two men carry leaded glass panel for restoration. Printed on verso: "Description: Unity Temple, Oak Park, has one of the Frank Lloyd Wright Daylight panels removed from the ceiling as part of the restoration. Caption: Workmen removing the panel. Photographer: Jim O’Leary." Clipping pasted on verso: "Wright restoration. Workmen removed two art glass panels Wednesday from the sanctuary skylight of Unity temple in Oak Park as part of a major restoration of the 80-year-old church, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. An attempt will be made to replace the cracked panels." Stamped on clipping: "Sep 16 88". Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W Photograph.

ST#: 1988.60.0212

   
Date: 1992

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1992.

Description: Set of 5 images from a trip to Oak Park in March, 1992. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Unity Temple in 1904. Unity Temple, the Auditorium, is on the North end, Unity House, for Sunday School rooms and the Kitchen, is on the South end. View of the West side of Unity Temple. Constructed of concrete, six decorative columns adorn the upper portion of the West side. Photographed by Douglas M. Steiner.

Size: 35mm color slide and 12 x 8" high res color digital image.

ST#: 1992.97.1015-1

   
Date: 1992

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1992.

Description: Set of 5 images from a trip to Oak Park in March, 1992. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Unity Temple in 1904. Unity Temple, the Auditorium, is on the North end, Unity House, for Sunday School rooms and the Kitchen, is on the South end. View of the West side of Unity Temple. Constructed of concrete, six decorative columns adorn the upper portion of the West side. A decorative planter is in the foreground. Photographed by Douglas M. Steiner.

Size: 35mm color slide and 12 x 8" high res color digital image.

ST#: 1992.97.1015-2

   
Date: 1992

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1992.

Description: Set of 5 images from a trip to Oak Park in March, 1992. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Unity Temple in 1904. Unity Temple, the Auditorium, is on the North end, Unity House, for Sunday School rooms and the Kitchen, is on the South end. Detail of the decorative planter. Photographed by Douglas M. Steiner.

Size: 35mm color slide and 12 x 8" high res color digital image.

ST#: 1992.97.1015-3

   
Date: 1992

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1992.

Description: Set of 5 images from a trip to Oak Park in March, 1992. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Unity Temple in 1904. Unity Temple, the Auditorium, is on the North end, Unity House, for Sunday School rooms and the Kitchen, is on the South end. View of the South side of Unity Temple. Constructed of concrete, six decorative columns adorn the upper portion of the South side. Photographed by Douglas M. Steiner.

Size: 35mm color slide and 12 x 8" high res color digital image.

ST#: 1992.97.1015-4

   
Date: 1992

Title: Unity Temple (1904 - S.096), Oak Park 1992.

Description: Set of 5 images from a trip to Oak Park in March, 1992. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Unity Temple in 1904. Unity Temple, the Auditorium, is on the North end, Unity House, for Sunday School rooms and the Kitchen, is on the South end. View of the West side of Unity House. Constructed of concrete, four decorative columns adorn the upper portion of the West side. Photographed by Douglas M. Steiner.

Size: 35mm color slide and 12 x 8" high res color digital image.

ST#: 1992.97.1015-5

   
Date: 1998

Title: Fallingwater. "Frank Lloyd Wright. A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick."

Description: Photograph includes Fallingwater, Imperial Hotel, S.C. Johnson Wax Company Administration Building, Unity Temple. Label on verso: Frank Lloyd Wright. A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings: (top left) Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pennsylvania; (top right) the Imperial Hotel in Japan which has since been demolished; (bottom left) the S.C. Johnson Wax Company Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin; (bottom right) and the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, are examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. The brilliant and controversial architect, who revolutionized American architect, is the subject of a new film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novack. ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’, which interweaves Wright’s extraordinary career with his equally tempestuous personal life, will be broadcast on PBS as a ‘General Motors Mark of Excellence Presentation, "Tuesday, Nov, 10 and Wednesday, Nov, 11, 1998. Photo credits: Fallingwater, Courtesy of James Reber and the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives. Imperial Hotel, S.C. Johnson and Unity Temple, Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives." Stamped on verso: "Nov 1998".

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph. Individual images 4.75 x 3.

ST#: 1998.67.1011

   
   
   
POSTCARDS
   
Date: Circa 1907

Title: Unity Temple

 

   
Date: Circa 1910

Title: Unity Temple

   
Date: Circa 1950

Title: Unity Temple, Circa 1950.

Description: Real photo postcard of the Unity Temple. Undated, and publisher unknown. Verso: Post Card. Correspondence. Address. Verso matches Taliesin PC S#1377.51, circa 1959.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 0831.47.0415

   
Date: Circa 1960

Title: "Universalist Church. (Originally Unity Church).

Description: Lake Street at Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect 1906. Detail of entrance to the auditorium which is carefully scaled for intimacy (400 seats arranged on a main floor, mezzanine and balcony). The interior space and forms reflect the monolithic reinforced concrete exterior. Interior is cream colored with green trim and oak molding. A Chicago Heritage Committee Card. P.O. Box 4513, Chicago 80, Ill." Circa 1960.

Size: 4 x 6

S#: 1458.30.0110

   
Date: Circa 1970s

Title: Unity Temple (S.094)

Description: Back: "The Unity Temple (Unitarian-Universalist Church in Oak Park) by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, Oak Park, Illinois. A Project of the Tourism Committee of the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce. 6522302-C. Pub. By Michael West Photography, Oak Park, Ill. 386-5800. (Note, not included on back, but see #1846.09: Made by Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyack, New York.) (For dating: "-B" tends to be from the 1960s, "-C" tends to be from the 1970's)

Size: 5.4 x 3.5

S#: 1846.12.0510

   
Date: Circa 1980

Title: “Unity Temple (Unitarian Universalist Church)” 

Description: (Published by FFLW Home and Studio Foundation #69524-D.  Made by Dexter Press, West Nyack, New York)  Photo by Donald G. Kalec.  "By Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906. Lake Street at Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302". 

Size: 6 x 4

ST#: 1980.20.0806

   
   
   
POSTERS
   
Date: Circa 1990

Title: Artist’s Interpretation of Column - Unity Church

Publisher: Appleton Papers Inc

Description: After contacting the Appleton Paper Co. and they have no record of when the posters were produced.  They believe it was the late 80's or early 90's. (51 copies) (First Edition)

Size: 18 x 36

ST#: 1990.18.0201

   
 
   

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