Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple; A Good Time Place
James Caulfield (Photographer) San Francisco: Pomegranate, 2009. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 9 inches by 9 inches. 80 pages. Illustrations (most in color). Contents include: Author's Note, Creating a Landmark, Unity Temple Today, Selected Bibliography, and Appendix. Patrick R. Cannon had a long career as a publicist, journalist, and editor. He was the author of Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home and Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forrest. Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, designer, writer, and educator. He designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years. Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing architects worldwide through his works and hundreds of apprentices in his Taliesin Fellowship. Wright believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was exemplified in Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his vision for urban planning in the United States. He also designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, and other commercial projects. Unity Temple of Oak Park, Illinois, was considered a modern masterwork from the moment it was completed in 1908. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) sought to produce a structure as dynamic as the congregation that would occupy it, finding inspiration in the liberal nature of Unitarian thought when creating the groundbreaking design. Wright's use of reinforced concrete was revolutionary for the time, making Unity Temple the first concrete monolith in the world. Inside, warm, inviting hues complement the red oak trim, and skylights and high clerestory art-glass windows fill the space with natural light. The building, which continues to serve its original purpose as a meeting-house for worshipers, is also admired for its superb acoustics. Wright was extremely proud of his design and wrote extensively about it in his autobiography. Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple: A Good Time Place provides an intimate tour of one of Wright's most beloved buildings. Architectural historian Patrick F. Cannon discusses the history of Unity Temple, from Wright's design proposals to its value today as a National Historic Landmark. More than forty-five artful color photographs by James Caulfield, along with historical photographs and floor plans, are featured, accompanied by Cannon's descriptive captions. This book celebrates the ingenuity of a master architect whose vision is evident in every element of Unity Temple. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture, Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois, Unitarian, House of Worship, Monolith, Skylights, Art-glass Windows, Meeting-house, Worshipers, Acoustics, National Historic Landmark