"The Restoration of Unity Temple" - T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA

Acclaimed preservationist


T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA - The Restoration of Unity Temple

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University

Reception Following


The Louisiana Architecture Foundation and Tulane University's Master of Historic Preservation Studies present an evening with Gunny Harboe, acclaimed preservationist and leading architect of the restoration of Chicago's Unity Temple. Harboe will present the transformative restoration that returned an internationally significant work of architecture to its original appearance while giving it new life for its congregation and for the thousands of Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts who come to see it from all over the world.

For much of his four-decade career, the Chicago architect has worked on several landmarks designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including Taliesin West and Robbie House. Harboe recently oversaw the $25 million restoration of Unity Temple, Wright's 1909 masterpiece located in Chicago's Oak Park suburb. In addition to Wright, Harboe has worked on National Historic Landmarks designed by such architects as Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan and Holabird and Root.

Harboe received his a Master of Architecture degree from MIT, a Master of Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and an A.B. in History from Brown University. In 1998 he completed the course in Architectural Conservation at ICCROM in Rome. In 2006, he began his own architecture firm, specializing in historic preservation and sustainable design. Harboe gained national reputation for his award-winning work on the Rookery Building and Reliance Buildings. Harboe lectures about historic preservation all over the world, and has been published numerous times. He is an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the College of Architecture.

MPS - Master in Preservation Studies
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