St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave.  – Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. – Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

– Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

By SAM RAPPAPORT
Staff Writer

Every year, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust hosts an Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park and River Forest. This year, the tour will expand its reach into Hyde Park with a special program at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave.

On May 22, the church will open its doors from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. for those interested in observing the architecture of Barry Byrne, who began his professional career as an assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright.

At 2 p.m., Byrne expert Vincent L. Michael, author of “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe,” will give a lecture on Byrne’s career and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

Byrne designed St. Thomas the Apostle in 1922, and the building went on to be called the first modern American church because of its departure from traditional European designs.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit flwright.org/wrightplus or call 312-994-4000.

s.rappaport@hpherald.com