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NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies


700 E. Oakwood Blvd.




Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 14: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


Frank Lloyd Wright and Dwight Perkins, 1905



Frank Lloyd Wright enlisted the help of Dwight Perkins for his first public building, whose striking exterior was finished by Perkins alone after Wright had a falling-out with the client (who happened to be his uncle). Originally the Abraham Lincoln Center, it contained a health club, training school, rental offices and a social center. The church auditorium prefigures Wright’s later Unity Temple. Since 1966, Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies has used the building as a home base for urban studies.

Behind the Scenes

Ascend to the newly-renovated Bailey Auditorium, which prefigures Wright’s Unity Temple by several years.