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PRINT December 1964

The New Oakland Museum

IN APRIL, 1961, THE VOTERS of Oakland, California, approved a $6,000,000 bond issue, thereby insuring that the residents of the East Bay Area would have, at last, one of the country’s finest new museum buildings. This museum, designed by Kevin Roche of Eero Saarinen Associates, and expected to be completed late in 1966, will house the collections and activities of the city’s three present museums of art, history, and natural science.

Conceived to complement the existing civic structures which they adjoin, the buildings will, themselves, form a park-like setting. Extremely important to the visual success of the project will be the landscaping. The straight edges, right angles, and mass of building at different levels will contrast with the soft colors and irregular silhouette of natural-forms of the plantings. This will enhance the “indoor-outdoor” feeling the visitor will experience no

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