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Architectural Lecture Series: Gunny Harboe presents The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

  • The Cliff Dwellers 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events on Thursday July 12, 2018: Gunny Harboe presents The Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple.

Unity Temple is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works. The recently completed restoration, led by Harboe Architects, has returned the building to its original splendor. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will describe the entire process of this award winning $25M project.

Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Fellow US/ICOMOS, is a registered architect with 30 years of experience and currently runs his own small firm. He has worked on many iconic modern masterpieces including numerous works by both Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. He received his M. Arch. from M.I.T., (including study in Copenhagen, Denmark); a M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University; and an A.B. in History from Brown University. He also attended the ICCROM ARC course in Rome, Italy. His projects have received numerous awards, and he was named a “2001 Young Architect” by the National AIA, “Chicagoan of the Year” by Chicago Magazine in 2010, and received the 2015 Award for Excellence in Heritage Conservation from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Gunny was a founding member and is the current President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage, and was a founding member of DOCOMOMO_US where he remains on the board. He is also a current board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and was a Regional Director of AIA National, and President of AIA Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Additional Info:
Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.
Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.
Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: or call 312-922 8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State. Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.