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Architecture Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Civic Center Set for Sept. 17

A special tour and panel, featuring historians and special guest architects, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center.

Photo by Jessica Mullins
Photo by Jessica Mullins

The follow is a press release provided by the County of Marin: 

To continue the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center, a special guided tour and panel conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy.

From 4-6 p.m., the Conservancy offers a $5 guided tour with historians and special-guest architects William J. Schwarz and Richard A. Keding. With its distinct dusty rose stucco walls and scalloped balconies, the Marin Civic Center is one of the most recognizable buildings in the Bay Area. A state and national historic landmark, the center was the last commission by Wright, completed by Aaron Green in 1962. Schwarz was a member of the Taliesin Fellowship in the 1960s who was designated to serve as associate architect for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on the Marin Civic Center project. Keding became an apprentice to Wright in 1957 and staff architect with Taliesen Architects in the 1960s. 

From 6-8 p.m., the Conservancy offers a panel conversation and reception moderated by the San Francisco Chronicle’s architecture and urbanism writer, John King. The conversation will explore the history of the Marin County Civic Center, its current uses and proposed future. Architectural historian and professor Paul Turner will discuss the architecture of the Civic Center in the context of trends during the time it was designed.  Marin County supervisor and architect Steve Kinsey will discuss what it is like to work in the building and how it has been adapted to accommodate changing needs; and architect Mark Cavagnero, FAIA and landscape architect Manuela King will review their proposed master plan for the future of the full Civic Center site and its relationship to Wright’s original concepts. A discussion with the audience will follow. 

This event is presented in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy and the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects as part of its "Architecture in the City" Festival during the month of September and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Marin County Civic Center. The events are free with a suggested donation of $5. Donations will benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy. Click here to register.

Please visit www.marinciviccenter50th.org for announcements on additional coming events and more information about the history of the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin County Civic Center.

For more information, contact Sandra Fawn from the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy at sandrafawn@gmail.com.

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