Back on the Cutting Edge: Building 21st-Century Technology into Wright’s Unity Temple
As part of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial (Sept. 16, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018) the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, presents a free panel discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2017, covering the large-scale restoration of Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905 and completed in 1908, the National Historic Landmark building is noted for its reinforced concrete building material, flat slab concrete cantilever roofs and art-glass skylights.
Explore this magnificent space while learning about technological advances in the field of historic preservation in the 21st century. The specific focus will be on determining appropriately matching materials for historic finishes using iterative processes, implementing geothermal heating and cooling systems in a historic structure, incorporating energy-saving LED lighting that mimics a historic building’s original lighting scheme, and adding theater-quality audiovisual upgrades that aren’t visible in a historic interior space.
- Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Harboe Architects, PC
- Robert Score, AIA, Harboe Architects, PC
- Mark Nussbaum, PE, Architectural Consulting Engineers
- Mark Sills, LC, IALD, IES, CharterSills
Supported by CharterSills