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Marin County Civic Center

San Rafael, California
County of Marin.
Marin County Civic Center
National Register Number: 91002055
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government Building: Local. The threat level was Priority3 in
2000.
Congressional District: CA-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: County Office Building.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 17, 1991):
The Administrative Building/Hall of Justice complex of the Marin County Civic Center is the last major work of Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959). The civic center complex is the largest constructed public project of Wright's career, and the only one for a governmental jurisdiction. The civic center is one of the finest expressions of "organic architecture", a concept Wright labeled as his own. Also located on the grounds of the civic center is a US Post Office, which is the only Federal commission ever executed by Wright.

The building has been reroofed, leaks repaired, and the blue color selected by Wright has been restored at a cost of $2 million. The anodized fascia, previously painted over, has been restored to its original finish. The County is now engaged in a substantial seismic retrofit program. Restoration of the spire will be undertaken in the near future.


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