Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.
This building was the last commissioned by Frank Lloyd Wright and unfortunately, he didn't live to see it completed in 1962. It's an amazing structure, but overwhelming the awe felt by the endless curves and arches, the building reminded me of what you might see in a 60's television production of Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. It's a crazy sensation! I felt like I was wandering around the set of an old science fiction movie and with good reason, portions of the science fiction films THX 1138 (1969) and Gattaca (1997) were shot on location in the Marin Center.
fi" feeling when standing before the Unity Temple on St. Charles Avenue. Now, no one can deny that New Orleans possess its own unique architectural styles, but among the shotguns, Creole cottages and double gallery structures, the spaceship-like appearance of the Unity Temple stands out like a sore thumb. The extreme "saucer" shape of the main building, the brassy color of the roof, the circular patterns in the garden and the strange architectural "decorations" added to the outside of the building all remind me of the center in San Rafael.
It's similarities to the Marin County Civic Center aren't the only reasons I think the Unity Temple might be a Wright creation (or created by an architect copying his peculiar style). My most convincing evidence is the simple fact that Frank Lloyd Wright designed other Unitarian temples like the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois or the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison Wisconsin.
Regardless, I will eventually find out the truth, even though I will probably never shake the feeling that it's just got to be Wright.
*Author's note -- Shortly after posting the blog above, I discovered this obscure website that verified my hunch! Apparently, the Unity Temple was designed by Leonard Spangenberg, Jr., a student of Frank Lloyd Wright! Gosh...I just love it when I'm right.