Unitarian Meeting House
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Location Madison, Wisconsin   map
Date 1947 to 1951   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System stone masonry and wood frame, copper roof
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes S.291. Triangular planning grid. Inclined ridge of main gable creates spiritual uplift and the setting for the sculptural great window.
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Discussion Unitarian Meeting House Commentary

"The structure is unitarian in character, trusting to a sense of the altogether as more beautiful than the aggregation of the steeple, meeting house and parsonage could ever be. In this design, the social activities of the members of the congregation are served by the Church Auditorium itself."

"...It is the mass of the structure that is depended upon to give the impression of aspiration usually left to the steeple."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. "Frank Lloyd Wright", The Architectural Forum, January, 1948, Vol 88 Number 1. p119.

Details

Address:
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

—Thomas A. Heinz. Architectural Monographs No. 18: Frank Lloyd Wright. p141.

Resources
Sources on Unitarian Meeting House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. grid geometry diagram, p195. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Muriel Emanuel, ed. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. listed, p902.

Yukio Futagawa, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1942-1950. Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita Tokyo, 1988. NA737.W7A408 1988. plan drawing, p172. section drawing, p173. south elevation, p173. east elevation, p173.

Thomas A. Heinz. Architectural Monographs No.18: Frank Lloyd Wright. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992. ISBN 0-312-07243-0. NA737.W7H4 1992. address p141.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Patricia Coyle Nicholson. Architecture, Man in Possession of His Earth, Frank Lloyd Wright. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1962. LC 62-15928. NA737.W7N5. exterior color photo of prow of building, p45.

William Allin Storrer. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0-226-77624-7. LC 93-30127. NA737.W7A4 1993. plan drawing.   Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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