By Dan Haley
Unity Temple announced Monday that the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will begin operation of tours and programs at Unity Temple in October 2013.
Ian Morrison, past president of the board of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation and a board member of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, stated, "Partnering with the Preservation Trust makes sense for Unity Temple for many reasons. The Preservation Trust has a well-established tour operation at several Wright sites and we believe they can enhance the public experience of our beloved building as we prepare to launch a significant fundraising effort in support of preservation and restoration."
In September, the Trust will train volunteer interpreters to begin leading tours of Unity Temple in October.
"We will make gradual changes," Laura Dodd, director of guest experience and program operations at the Trust, wrote in a news release. "It may take a full year to completely integrate our new tour operation and programs. In the year ahead, we hope to bring Unity Temple closer to our community and to a larger national and international audience."
"Unity Temple Restoration Foundation is supportive of this change as it allows us to focus our attention on fundraising and ensuring the completion of the restoration and preservation of Unity Temple," said UTRF board member Bradford White.
Preservation Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Celeste Adams shared the sentiment.
"Unity Temple was designed in Wright's Oak Park Studio, and visitors will be able to move seamlessly from the place of design conception to the realization of Unity Temple. We are pleased to tell this compelling story," she said.