Our Meeting House

Whether you are searching for a new spiritual home, looking for a unique wedding venue, or are a student of architecture, you are bound to find something of interest here. Located on Madison’s near-west side, First Unitarian Society is one of Madison’s best known and most visited buildings. In a given week, you’re likely to find FUS playing host to weekly congregational worship services, religious education classes, concerts, and social events. First Unitarian Society is home to the Meeting House Nursery School and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

Landmark Auditorium

Landmark Auditorium

The historic Landmark Auditorium was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a member of our Society and son of one of our Founders. It is recognized as one of the most innovative examples of church architecture. Saturday services are held in Wright’s original Landmark Auditorium, as are Friday noon musicales and a host of other events.

FUS Auditorium Interior Night

atrium auditorium

Inspired by Wright’s original work, the Atrium Addition was opened in 2008 boasting a Gold-level LEED certification. The 24,000-square-foot Atrium is home to our Sunday morning services, as well as a host of other events and activities. Along with the Auditorium, the Atrium addition is also home to our children’s education classrooms, our library, and a state-of-the-art kitchen.


During the two months of May and September, weekday tours are held at 10 am. From June 1 to August 31, weekday tours are given twice daily at 10 am and 2:30 pm. Tours cost $20 at the door ($10 for students). To ensure a guide is available and obtain a $5 discount, please book your tour online at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org at least 24 hours in advance. Tours are not available on Saturdays as the building is closed to visitors.  Members and church visitors are invited to attend the 9:00 am Sunday service and stay after for the 10:00 generally-available tour. During summer months the service takes place at 10:00 am with the tour following.  Sunday tours start in the Atrium Auditorium on the left side of the campus.

Custom tours (for groups of 1-9) are available during the off-season and can be booked at www.unitarianmeetinghouse.org.  Groups of 10 or more may request a group tour using the online form on this website year round.

If you are unable to visit us at our regular tour times or have not scheduled an out-of-season private tour, you may stop in and view the main auditorium during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm) if it is not being used for an event. Unescorted access to the remainder of the building is not allowed.


Spaces for 4 to 400 people are available in our facility. Whether you are planning a wedding, a concert, a public lecture, or a simple meeting, we can offer a venue that meets your needs. The Meeting House is surrounded by a prairie, which provides a picturesque backdrop for events.

Is our space perfect for your next event?

Find out about building rentals here.