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Detail from an early scale model of the Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, San Rafael, California, circa 1958 [photograph]
Trimble, John
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1958
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library, Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Marin County Civic Center
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As Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California, he created a scale model of the site. The model was updated as time passed and changes were made. This photograph shows the model at an early stage when the buildings still had their gold roofs. The gold paint was changed to blue after no gold paint could be found which could withstand the elements. In his proposal, Wright emphasized his theory of organic architecture.The related groupings of long, horizontal buildings which constitute the Civic Center and gracefully link several rolling hills stand as testament to Wright's philosophy. The Civic Center's Administration Building and Hall of Justice commenced construction in 1960 and 1966 respectively. The two-part complex was completed in 1969, 10 years after Wright's death. The Marin County Civic Center is a national and state designated historic landmark.
1 35 mm color slide
stockstad 1-13
Marin County Civic Center
Architecture and government--California
Organic architecture--California
Civic centers--Design and construction
Architectural models
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Marin County (Calif.)
Santa Venetia (Calif.)
San Rafael (Calif.)
Harold Stockstad Slide Collection, Anne T. Kent California Room

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