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The Sacred Architecture of Irving J. Gill

Lecture and Book Signing by Author Rev. Dr. Mark Hargreaves at Unity Temple

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Irving J. Gill Foundation will host a talk and book signing by Rev. Dr. Mark Hargreaves who will speak about his new book, The Sacred Architecture of Irving J. Gill. Oak Park historian and architect Christopher Payne will introduce the topic with insights from Joseph Lyman Silsbee’s religious works. 

Gill apprenticed under Silsbee and Adler & Sullivan during the peak of the Chicago School, 1890-1893. In these heady years, Gill worked alongside Wright, Elmslie, Corwin, Maher, and other prominent early Chicago and Prairie School architects. Moving to San Diego in 1893, Gill went on to have a provocative career in Southern California. 

Hargreaves’ lecture will draw on his research and writing to focus on Gill’s sacred architecture, which emerged out of the same cultural and theological milieu as Silsbee’s Unity Chapel, Spring Green, WI, and Wright’s Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL.

No registration is neededSuggested donation of $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 pm, talk begins at 6:30 pm.

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