Friends of the Meeting House is a 501 (c)(3) organization affiliated with the First Unitarian Society of Madison. It was established in the 1970s to help educate the public on the significance of the building as part of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural canon; to raise funds to help fund the ongoing preservation of this National Historic Landmark structure; and to serve as the building's preservation advocate. The organization is open to all Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts whether church members or not. The proceeds from our tours all go towards preservation work.
The First Unitarian Society’s Meeting House
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1951 when he was 84 years old, is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative examples of church architecture and as one of Wright’s most influential buildings. The Meeting House received National Historic Landmark status in 2004 and is one of seventeen Wright buildings designated by the American Institute of Architects as a significant example of his contribution to American culture.
The Meeting House is one of ten Wright-designed churches built. Wright tried to incorporate the theology and traditions of each denomination in these designs. In the case of the Meeting House, he used the triangle as the basic shape, an idea that was unique
at the time. To Wright, geometric shapes have special meaning, and to him the triangle symbolized structural strength.
At various times Wright used the work “aspiration” and “praying hands” to describe the soaring prow of the Meeting House.
And in keeping with his belief that buildings should be in harmony with their settings, the Meeting House was situated so that it
lies on the brow rather than the top of its hill.
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