The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in partnership with Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, and with support from CharterSills, presents a panel discussion on the large-scale restoration of Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905 and completed in 1908, this National Historic Landmark building is noted for its reinforced concrete building material, flat slab concrete cantilever roofs and art-glass skylights.
Participants are invited to explore this magnificent space while learning about technological advances in the field of historic preservation in the 21st century. Specific focus will be given to methods of finding appropriately matching materials for historic finishes using iterative processes, implementing geothermal heating and cooling systems in a historic structure, incorporating energy-saving LED lighting that mimics a historic building’s original lighting scheme, and adding theater-quality audio-visual upgrades that aren’t visible in the historic interior space.

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