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Title:
Unity Temple : Frank Lloyd Wright and architecture for liberal religion
Author:
Siry, Joseph, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
xvi, 365 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Corporate Subject:
ISBN:
9780521495424
Format :
Book

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Central Library NA5235.O258 S58 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

The first in-depth study of one of the seminal works of America's most renowned twentieth-century architect, first published in 1996, is now available in paperback. In this study, Joseph Siry examines the building in the light of Wright's earlier religious architecture, his methods of design, and his innovative construction techniques, particularly the use of reinforced concrete which was here exploited and expressively deployed for the first time. He also sets Unity Temple against the tradition of the liberal Unitarian and Universalist religious culture, the institutional history of the affluent Oak Park congregation that commissioned the building, as well as the social context in which structure was conceived and built. Throughout, Unity Temple is treated as a work of art that embodies both Wright's theory of architecture and his liberal religious ideals.


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Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, is one of the most fascinating in the history of American architecture. Its designer, the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, brought together on this suburban site a fusion of the liberal religion he had imbibed from his own family with a novel design of complex origins and a trailblazing new approach to construction. Joseph Siry (Wesleyan Univ., CT) thoroughly explores the many vectors--social, religious, architectural--that converged in Unity Temple, including Wright's far-flung design sources; contemporary reactions to the structure; and its influence upon subsequent architecture. The result is an amply documented, profusely illustrated, and generally well-written and accessible study that should be of interest across a wide disciplinary range. General; undergraduate through professional. P. W. Williams Miami University


Table of Contents

Religious and institutional architecture of theLloyd Jones family
2 Unity Church in Oak Park to 1905
3 Wright's design for Unity Temple
4 Construction of Unity Temple
5 Religious and architectural interpretations of Unity Temple
Conclusion: Unity Temple and later modern architecture

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