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About the new Golden Gate Bridge visitor center

Friday, May 25, 2012

They’re getting ready to dedicate the new Golden Gate Bridge visitor center on the San Francisco side this morning (Gov. Jerry Brown is booked as a speaker). And, sorry, but count the Chronicle’s John King among those who find the pre-fab building architecturally wanting:
This building is an imposition. It stops the eye, if only for a few seconds, a closed-in container on one of the city's most expansive perches.
The location can't be helped, because it was dictated largely by the Cultural Landscape Report for a site that sits within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. But the windowless walls are determined by the program inside: where bridge-themed merchandise mixes with exhibition panels that amplify the span's history and lore.
Image: Frankie Frost/ Marin IJ
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