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Unitarian Meeting House

The Unitarian Meeting House is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative examples of church architecture and as one of Wright’s most influential buildings.

Built

1951

Client

First Unitarian Society

Address

900 University Bay Drive

Status

National Register of Historic Places. National Historic Landmark. Open to the public with tours available.

The Unitarian Meeting House, completed in 1951, shares many hallmarks of Wright’s other Usonian structures. It is a single-story building featuring wide overhanging eaves, a low and unobtrusive entryway, large fireplaces, and a concrete floor. Its most distinctive feature is the soaring glass and wood “prow” on its southern exposure, which Wright said symbolized aspiration. Wright was a long-time member of the First Unitarian Society housed in the Meeting House, and his parents were founding members of the congregation. His design thus reflects both his unique design aesthetic and his spiritual beliefs.

*Public tours available:

  • May and September: Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m.
  • June, July, and August: Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Every Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. church service
  • Cost: $12.50 in advance (available via above website) or $15.00 at the door
  • See website for group or custom tours

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