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General Information

Beginning of works: 1905
Completion: 1908
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Church
Material: Reinforced concrete structure
Architectural style: Modern

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Location: , , ,
Address: 875 Lake Street
Coordinates: 41° 53' 18.12" N    87° 47' 48.52" W
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Frank Lloyd Wright's design for Unity Church was conceived with the prime objective of giving exterior expression to a room of worship by subordinating the smaller auxiliary functions to the main room. One of the earliest experiments in the use of reinforced concrete in the United States, with the pebble aggregate exposed on the surface for texture, this church has a clearly defined exterior expression with its square stair towers at the corners giving added emphasis to the importance of the main room. The high windows, under the projecting roof slabs, separated by the ornamental masonry piers, give to the whole a perfect sense of scale and a true indication of the actual size of the building.

HABS Report HABS IL-1093

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