Lovers of all things Frank Lloyd Wright may soon have a chance to assemble their own scale model of the famous architect’s iconic Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois—that is if an online crowdfunding effort hits its goals and can deliver the goods.
A Kickstarter campaign, headed by Brisbane, Australia-based designer Marcus Bree of the Little Building Co., is hoping to raise roughly $25,000 to fund the project before an April 4 deadline. Meeting the goal would allow the company to purchase additional laser cutting machines to produce the remaining models, according to the Kickstarter page.
Unity Temple is the first model from the Little Building Co. licensed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and could be followed by more buildings in the future. The company had previously offered models including the Sydney Opera House, the Guggenheim Museum, and Mies van de Rohe’s Farnsworth House.
Kickstarter contributions start around $7, but you’ll need to spend at least $85 to receive one of the model kits. If you lack the time or patience to put a mini Unity Temple together by yourself, the campaign offers a $320 “lazy architect” option that will ship a fully assembled model to anywhere in the world inside a custom travel case.
Completed in 1908 for a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Oak Park, Illinois, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is considered by many to be the world’s first modern building. The poured-in-place concrete structure was revolutionary in its design and now stands more beautiful than ever thanks to an extensive restoration in 2017.