“Frank Lloyd Wright-designed church”
The First Unitarian Society of Madison commissioned this sprawling suburban church in 1946 and participated in its construction. As a means of reducing costs, Society members hauled tons of stone for the thick walls from a nearby quarry and later helped construct furnishings and finish the interior. The original single-level building, constructed of native limestone, copper, and glass, features a multipurpose auditorium and adjoining social area and kitchen. A unique angular hall, one of the many examples of the triangle shape associated with the building and its furnishings, connects this area with offices, classrooms, and another social hall. Two later additions were designed by Taliesin Associated Architects in 1964 and 1990. Visitors are always welcome at services held year-round on Sunday mornings at 9am and 11am and on Saturday afternoons at 4:30 pm, September through May. Access to the building is restricted during weddings and church related events. Building is closed the last week of July and the first week in August. Tours of the Landmark Meeting House are offered twice daily, Monday through Friday, May 1 through October 31. The times are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours are also offered year 'round each Sunday, after the 11 a.m. services. We ask for a donation of $5 to 10 per-person for each tour. These funds are set aside for our building preservation efforts. $5 per person is suggested for school groups and other larger groups.
Attended services first before joining the tour, which was excellent. The tour focused on a lot of the history, facts and figures about the building rather than looking within the building. Wished we had more time to look around.
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Unitarian Meeting House
- Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Sun: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
- Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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