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Marin County Civic Center

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Frank Lloyd Wright
location California, San Rafael
function court building, government, library
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The Marin County Civic Center, located a few miles north of San Francisco, is one of the last designs that Frank Lloyd Wright worked on. It is one of the finest expressions of 'organic architecture', a concept Wright labeled as his own. Construction on the main building began in 1960, a year after his death, and the last building was completed in 1976. The design consists of a large rotunda with two large arms (one for Justice, the other for Administration) that flow over the hillsides with arched colonnades. Originally, the roof was to be gold in colour, but this was changed to light blue before construction began. The gold roof on beige walls were meant to mimic the surrounding landscape. A 50-metre triangular spire creates a third dimension to the design, soaring upward through the Marin hills.

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Marin County Civic Center
North San Pedro Road 101
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours One-hour docent-led tours of the Civic Center are offered every Wednesday at 10:30, leaving from the second floor Gift Shop, room 233.
How to get there? Drive north on Highway 101. Take the North San Pedro Road exit traveling east. Turn left onto Civic Center Drive.
Completion 1976
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Project ID 3186
Latitude/Longitude 37°59'51N 122°31'49W
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