Design To Do: Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece
Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major commission — the Marin County Civic Center — is hidden in plain sight (by design) just off 101 in San Rafael. Marin-ites are as familiar with this magnificent structure as we are with the Redwood Forests and the Pacific coastline. It’s part of the visual fabric that makes up our day-to-day. It’s the backdrop for a twice-weekly farmer’s market. We pass it as we’re criss-crossing the county from Sausalito to the Sonoma border. It’s the building we enter to report for jury duty. But it’s not just for locals!
If you’re a lover of architecture, design, mid-century modern, the movie Gattaca, or you just like to take photographs in interesting places: add this nationally designated historical landmark to your itinerary.
Docent-led tours take place every Wednesday and Friday for 90 minutes starting at 10:30. Cost is $10; $5 for students and seniors. If that timing doesn’t work out for you, here’s a link to a self-guided tour.
And seriously, watch Gattaca before you visit.