Creating the Marin Civic Center

Apr 28, 2013

Architects Aaron Green and Frank Lloyd Wright (in hat at right), County Planning Director Mary Summers, and others, reviewing plans on the site of the future Marin County Civic Center, c. 1958
Credit : Courtesy Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library

  Along with Sonoma State University, and the Cities of Cotati and Rohnert Park, the Marin Civic Center is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Bruce Robinson reviews the creation of the iconic county complex.

The Administration building at the Marin Civic Center, under construction circa 1959.
Credit Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library

  At a public meeting at San Rafael High School on July 31, 1957, Wright offered this concept of what a "civic center" for the community might be.


In addition to the photos on this page and the audio of Wright speaking (also used here with the kind permission of the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Marin County Free Library), the Library has an extensive collection  of materials relating to the design and construction of the Civic Center, including a detailed chronology,  a brief history of the project,  and the video below, a clip from a film made by students at San Rafael High School in 1976.