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First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison

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Address: 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705-2298
Phone Number: +1 608-233-9774
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Free tours after Sunday services.

Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the Meeting House in 1946 and the congregation finished it in 1951. It is well worth a visit with many eloquent and skilled orators... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the Meeting House in 1946 and the congregation finished it in 1951. It is well worth a visit with many eloquent and skilled orators, musicians and choir.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I'm biased since I attended this church as a child but we found it the perfect venue for our wedding and reception. Guests from as far away as California were wowed by it. Can't beat Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This famous church building, housing an active congregation to this day, introduced me to Frank Lloyd Wright--I lived just around the block for a decade. As usual, this building highlighted a recent DIY tour of Wright-influenced architecture--common around the Madison area. But one feature distracts, every visit: The impressive array of giant organ pipes next to the sanctuary window, a... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

As a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, I stopped by for a few pics. A staff person told me I could come inside and was very friendly. A lovely building and a real treasure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The staff was very kind. They have pictures of the church members working on the construction. Worth a short visit. Be sure to check the tour schedule.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by Marshall Erdman it is the meeting house for the First Unitarian Society a thriving Unitarian Universalist community of over two thousand members. The large steam pipe organ that rest against the main congregational window reminds many Star War fans of Darth Vader's Helmet. If you attend a Sunday serve a free tour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Completed in 1951, this is one of the last commissions of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose parents were Unitarians. The building's dramatic glass prow gives the illusion of a ship cutting through the waves. Free tours are offered on Sundays after the 9am and 11am services.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

My wife and I were in Madison for a visit, and we included a visit to this Wright designed church. It is easy to quickly view and tour on your own without taking the "tour"

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We spent an hour and a half with our very knowledgeable guide, who taught us a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright and his personality quirks. We love to discuss architecture and our group was very stimulating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We took a tour of the church and it was very educational and worthwhile. I knew very little about Frank Lloyd Wright before-hand and felt like I knew much more about him by the time it was over. This was Wright's family church and he designed it. Learning about design elements and why they were used was fascinating. But by... More 

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