Unity Temple Restoration: An Overview of the Summer and Early Fall of ’16

A lot has happened at Unity Temple this past summer.  The white shroud and most scaffolding on the outside are now gone, allowing an unobstructed view of the refinished exterior.  The geothermal system is for the most part now in place.  And the ceiling of the sanctuary has been re-plastered and painted, with the woodwork now back in place.

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Scaffolding on the north side of Unity Temple as seen from Lake St. Photo taken on August 5, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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The north side of Unity Temple from Lake St. after the scaffolding has been removed. Photo taken on September 2, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson. 

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Unity Temple from Kenilworth Ave. Unity House is still topped by steel beams and plywood over the skylight area. Photo taken on September 2, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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A view of Unity Temple from Kenilworth Ave, after all scaffolding, along with the steel and plywood roof over the Unity House skylight, has been removed. Photo taken on October 14, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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Skylight openings in Unity House. The concrete supports have been repaired, after the discovery of damage to the supports delayed installation of the new skylight. Photo taken on October 14, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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The Unity House skylight area from above. The steel beams and plywood roof has been removed.  Photo taken on September 23, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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Dan Crimmins and a worker view the final preparation of plaster in the sanctuary skylight before painting. The sinter was chemically removed from the outer layer of the plaster. Photo taken on September 23, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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The finished skylight openings in the sanctuary, painted with the woodwork back in place.  Photo taken on October 14, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

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The last remaining scaffold on Unity Temple, on the southeast corner of Unity House, as seen from the east side. Photo taken on October 14, 2016 by Ralph Earlandson.

 

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