Unity Temple won its first Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award. The awards go to the best historic preservation endeavors recently completed in the United States. The restoration efforts behind Longfellow Bridge in Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s South Street Landing also received the award.

The awards were presented at the PastForward restoration conference in Denver on Oct. 11. Brad White, board president of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and vice president of Alphawood Foundation, the main contributor to the $25 million Unity Temple restoration, accepted the award along with Jack Tribbia, the project’s general contractor, and Mark Nussbaum, the mechanical engineer who installed the building’s geothermal system, according to the foundation’s executive director, Heidi Ruehle-May. 

This past July, Unity Temple, along with seven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, was added to UNESCO’S prestigious World Heritage List.

Stacey Sheridan

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