Architecture sights in San Rafael
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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Marin County Civic Center is a long, beautiful structure blending into the hills directly east of Hwy 101; exit on N San Pedro Rd, 2 miles north of San Rafael. Tours begin here Wednesday at 10:30; reserve by calling 415-499-6646. The center hosts regular concerts and events, including the Marin County Fair each July and a farmers market every Thursday and Sunday morning.
The town began with Mission San Rafael Arcángel, founded in 1817 which served as a sanitarium for Native Americans suffering from European diseases. The present building is a replica dating from 1949.