Marin County Civic Center

The Marin County Civic Center was one of three Frank Lloyd Wright designs I was able to visit while in California.  It was just a magnificent structure and I was amazed walking the halls.  From the Historical Marker:

The project fully embodied Wright’s ideal of organic architecture—A synthesis of buildings and landscape.  In Wright’ words, the structures were planned to “melt into the sunburnt hills.”

The Marin County Civic Center was the last commission by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is located in San Rafael, California just north of San Francisco. The groundbreaking took place after Wright’s death and the construction was supervised by Wright’s protégé, Aaron Green, and was completed in 1962.

Next door was the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium designed by Wright’s design team after his death.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The Veterans Memorial Auditorium is down the street from the Marin County Civic Center.  It was designed by the Taliesin Associated Architects and was completed in 1971 in a way compatible with the main complex.  Taliesin Associated Architects was an architectural firm founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to carry on his architectural vision after his death in 1959. The firm disbanded in 2003.

Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

California Day 2……

(Find our first Day in California here) Our second day in California started with me getting up at 5:00 AM.  Of course my body thought it was 8:00 AM; this was a trend that would continue every morning until we came home.  So we headed down to the bay to get some pictures of the… Continue reading California Day 2……

Hyde Street Pier

The Hyde Street Pier is a historic ferry pier located on the waterfront of San Francisco, near Fisherman’s Wharf.  Before the Golden Gate Bridge was opened it was used as the main car ferry between San Francisco and Sausalito and Berkely.

Today, the pier is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  There were many historical ships here that could be toured, but we just strolled down the pier to get a glance at them.