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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.