TAWANI Foundation Donates $1 Million Gift and $1 Million Challenge Grant to Restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

TAWANI Foundation has made a $1 million major gift and a $1 million challenge grant to support the $25 million comprehensive restorations of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park.

The restoration of Unity Temple was completed in early June, just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. It has left almost nothing untouched in this National Historic Landmark and one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most notable public buildings. It is considered by many architects to be the first modern building in the world.

Ms. Pritzker, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard and TAWANI Foundation’s president and founder is a prominent entrepreneur and celebrated philanthropist. One of the TAWANI Foundation’s primary interests is community-based restoration projects and it provides support for preserving unique sites of significance to American and military history.

“The Unity Temple has been an important part of Oak Park for decades, and we’re thrilled that our gift has succeeded in returning one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic buildings in history to its original beauty and grandeur,” said Colonel Pritzker. “TAWANI Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to preserve and restore unique, historic sites that reclaim celebrated landmarks in our communities. This project underscores that commitment.”

Unity Temple—which Wright himself called “my contribution to modern architecture”— was constructed from 1906-1908, and while some restoration and minor repairs have been done to the building over the years, this is the first comprehensive restoration and includes work on both the exterior and interior. The project began in spring 2015.

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) is responsible for the fundraising campaign.

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