Thursday / July 12, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

Unity Temple in Oak Park is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works. The recently completed restoration, led by Harboe Architects, has returned the building to its original splendor. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will describe the entire process of this award-winning $25m project at The Cliff Dwellers.

Speaker: Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Fellow US/ICOMOS, is a registered architect with 30 years of experience and currently runs his own small firm. He has worked on many iconic modern masterpieces including numerous works by both Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Gunny was a founding member and is the current President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage, and was a founding member of DOCOMOMO US where he remains on the board. He is also a current board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and has been a president of AIA Chicago, as well as the Illinois Regional Director to national AIA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at IIT.

Gunny received his MArch from MIT, (including study in Copenhagen, Denmark); a MSc in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and an AB in History from Brown University. He also attended the ICCROM ARC course in Rome. His projects have received numerous awards, and he has received the Young Architect Award from national AIA (2001), “Chicagoan of the Year” by Chicago magazine (2010), and received the 2015 Award for Excellence in Heritage Conservation from the Society of Architectural Historians.


4:30 pm                   cash bar opens

6:15 pm                   presentation (no charge)

7:00 pm (approx.)    dinner a la carte ($35, reservations required)

Reservations: or 312/922-8080. Reservations can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner is by cash, credit card, or charged to a Cliff Dweller member’s House Account.

Discount parking is available after 4:00 pm in the garage at 17 East Adams Street: enter on Adams between Wabash Avenue and State Street. Ask for a discount coupon at the Cliff Dwellers check-in desk. 

[Photo by Tom Rossiter, FAIA]

Sponsored By

Society of Architectural Historians, The Cliff Dwellers, Friends of Downtown, AIA Chicago

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