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think the Unity Temple is about a kind of symbolic gathering and communal presence, monumental dignity in a public place. And what Wright wanted to do was show that modernism is capable of making such a place. That you can make a modern monumental public place.... It’s an extraordinary building because it has staggering civic dignity to it. And at a time when it was believed that civic dignity could come only from Beaux Art’s buildings. What an amazing contribution Wright made to show that modernism, particularly his own kind of modernism was capable of creating that same sense of civic dignity and communal ease and comfort together, and uplift as well.—Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic
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