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Back on the Cutting Edge: Building 21st-Century Technology into Wright’s Unity Temple

Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

October 26, 2017

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.

Panelists include:

  • 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

Out and About Wright: Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

May 4-6, 2018

In 2018 the Conservancy’s annual Out and About Wright weekend will be based in the Iowa capital, May 4-6, and feature tours of houses designed by Wright and others. The restored Jack Lamberson House (1948) in Oskaloosa, for which its owners won the 2016 Wright Spirit Award, will be one of the Wright-designed houses featured. The annual touring event, which takes place in a different city each year, regularly draws people from all over the country and as far away as Japan. Plan ahead now to join us! Registration will begin in January 2018. Look for more details to come.