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Unity Temple

Oak Park, Illinois
County of Cook.
875 Lake Street
National Register Number: 70000240
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL-7 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Church.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 30, 1970):
Designed in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1907, this is the first monumentally expressed use of reinforced concrete as an artistic architectural medium and also a prime and early example of modern church architecture. Wright was a member of the congregation that still uses the building he designed "for the worship of God and the service of Man."

Needs to complete exterior stabilization of Temple and undertake planning for an interior climate control.

Rec'd $100,000 challenge grant from Sara Lee Corporation to assist with fundraising for total restoration. Windows throughout the Temple & Unity House have been replaced on an as needed basis during exterior restoration. Unity Temple received a Challenge Cost Share grant from MWRO for HVAC restoration.

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