If you’ve ever crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on your way north, chances are you’ve passed by. On a good traffic day it’s less than half an hour away on Highway 101.
It’s the Marin County Civic Center, a sprawling, low-slung building with it’s blue roof and golden spire, set deep into the hills of Marin.
It was Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission and his only civic building—and it’s celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year. I’d passed by a number of times, but this time I had the presence of mind and a little extra time to stop and explore.
This post is part one. It hints at the original models and historical documents on display at the civic center that describe how the project got off the ground—and how it nearly met a terrible demise.
Watch for Part 2, a photo essay that explores more of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission.