August 30, 2023 Update to Previous Footage Here (internal link)
This video shows the beautiful outdoor seating area in the fountain and garden patio area of the Marin Civic Center. You can buy something inside at the Civic Center Cafe and then go outside to marvel at the exterior of Frank Llyod Wright’s last great commission. He died a year before the complex was completed.
When it reopens to the public, make sure to visit on a weekday. This is a working county facility and as such the bureaucrats and paper pushers lock it up on the weekend when most people have the time to see it. Walking through that building is like walking through the mind of a great designer. You see his vision realized everywhere.
“The fountain-garden patio area exemplifies Wright’s belief that work environments should be places of beauty. The design of the pond conveys the impression of blending into infinity. The pond uses re-circulated water and camouflages the heating and cooling systems. It is also home to a family of ducks that return here each spring.”
https://www.marincounty.org/depts/cu/history (external link)
I’m glad to see they are getting the old editions online. In previous years, the magazine was only available here and there as low resolution scans. I made this video to introduce people to its wonderful pages. Click the link below to buy or learn more.