High-Rise Proposed Near Unity Temple

Photo by Tom Rossiter

UPDATE 12/6/18: Mayor Abu-Taleb of Oak Park states that Unity Temple “is one of the crown jewels of the community” and that any development on the site of the U.S. Bank building “addresses the concerns of this monument.” Read more here.

A new high-rise development is being proposed in Oak Park, Illinois, less than a half block away from Wright’s Unity Temple at 835 Lake Street. It would become the tallest building in Oak Park if constructed at 28 stories. Developed by Chicago-based Golub & Company, the building would have 256 residential units.

Golub & Company hosted a community meeting on Nov. 26, where many people voiced concern about how the tall structure will cast shadows during morning services at Unity Temple.

The developer and architecture firm, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, state that a lot of thought has gone into the massing of the building.

The Conservancy is in contact with representatives of the developer, the Village of Oak Park and Unity Temple, and will continue to monitor the situation. In addition to compromising the experience of the landmark Wright building, our concern is how this new building will affect our recently resubmitted revised World Heritage nomination, which will now be reviewed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a private organization that is an official adviser to the World Heritage Committee. In May 2019, ICOMOS will make a recommendation as to whether the nomination should be listed, for the consideration of the World Heritage Committee, which meets in June-July 2019 and will make a decision on the nomination at that time.

Posted on December 3, 2018

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