I received some images of the effects that an act of senseless vandalism had on Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, an architectural treasure already in need of emergency restoration. Read and see more after the jump...
I spoke with the Executive Director of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Emily Roth, yesterday about the incident and was informed that, contrary to previous reports, tar was not poured into the Temple from the roof. Criminal(s) apparently dropped a lidded bucket and light bulbs from the ceiling and seriously damaged one of the unique Wright-designed hanging cube lights.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident, but the damage and cost of repair is not small. The building is already in need of significant funds raised to see the necessary restoration occur in order to save it from irreversible deterioration. This senseless act of destruction only adds to the difficulties faced in saving this important structure.
Please take the time to visit UTRF's website, learn more about this one-of-a-kind building and donate what you can to help preserve it for generations to come. The hope is that the people who damaged a work of our collective American culture will be brought to justice. It is the greater hope that concerned readers like you will help to save it for all of us. Learn more here.Images copyright Unity Temple Restoration Foundation