Unitarian Meeting House (1947), Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin

Unitarian Meeting HouseWright felt that the typical church topped by a steeple was inappropriate in the United States and in the twentieth century. For the Unitarian Meeting House he designed near his home at Taliesin, Wright said he “tried to build a building… that expressed the over-all sense of unity. The plan you see is triangular. The roof is triangular and out of this triangulation , or aspiration, you get this expression of reverence without recourse to the steeple. The roof itself, covering all… says what the steeple used to say, but says it with greater reverence, I think, in both form and structure.”
Unitarian Meeting HouseWright devised a plan composed of two equilateral triangles, set back-to-back. The rear triangle, where the ceiling is at its lowest, contains the entry area, a kitchen and a fireplace. The sanctuary occupies the front triangle, and here the ceiling rapidly rises from both the back and sides. All light enters the sanctuary through the glass wall surrounding the pulpit.
Unitarian Church Plan

Plan of Unitarian Church

Drawing of Unitarian Church

Drawing of Unitarian Church. Copyright © the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Reference: Frank Lloyd Wright by Robert McCarter, ©1997 Phaidon Press Limited

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