Unity Temple back in June 2016, when Restoration workers began removing the plastic cover in June 2016 and have continued their restoration project through early 2017. The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation received a matching donation of up to 00,000 from the Tawani Foundation that doubles all donations prior to Dec. 1, 2017.

If you haven’t been in downtown Oak Park lately, you might not have noticed that Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., has been undergoing a multi-million restoration of the building – inside and out.

Unity Temple – one of the signature achievements of famed architect and hometown hero Frank Lloyd Wright – just received a $100,000 match donation from the Tawani Foundation to help fund the effort.

That means that any donations received before Dec. 1, 2017 will be doubled by Tawani up to $100,000.

Heather T. Hutchison, executive director of the restoration foundation, said in an email that the foundation is more than halfway toward its $23 million fundraising goal but still has a long way to go.

“We hope this challenge match will inspire people to give,” she said. “UTRF continues to look to those in the surrounding communities, Chicago and well beyond, for charitable support.”

She said that although the restoration project is almost finished – the building is set to reopen to the congregation on Sunday, June 11 – the project still has “a financial obligation that needs to be fulfilled.”

“We hope that once the public sees the glorious result and rebirth of Unity Temple, they will want to be a part of this masterful achievement,” Hutchison said.

Charitable gifts can be donated at www.utrf.org or by sending a check to Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, 1101 Lake St., Suite 212, Oak Park, Illinois, 60302.

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