Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian Meeting House Masterpiece



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This innovative building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright forever changed how modern architects designed churches throughout North America and the world.

The First Unitarian Meeting House has influenced, inspired and been copied by generations of architects. It’s importance as an historical building can not be underestimated.

The First Unitarian Society of Madison (FUS) is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin. The meeting house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was built by Marshall Erdman in 1949-1951, has been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark for its architecture. With over 2,000 members, it is one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States.

The church building is recognized as one of the most innovative examples of church architecture. In 1960, the American Institute of Architects designated it one of 17 buildings to be retained as an example of Wright’s contribution to American culture. The Meeting House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, before the traditional 50-year cutoff for historic buildings. In 2004, it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

Construction of a major expansion of the FUS campus, designed by Kubala Washatko Architects, was completed in 2008, with a second, 500-seat auditorium and community spaces being added. Extensive repairs and restoration were also made to the historic building. This expansion conforms to strict guidelines to leave the historic parts of the grounds unaltered.

The First Unitarian Meeting House is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail celebrating the 150th year of the great architects birth.

Wisconsin is home to more than 40 Frank Lloyd Wight structures, so come to Wisconsin and explore the new FLW trail. FLW#150

For information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail please visit: [email protected] – 800-432-8747

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