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Free Architectural Tour of the Salk Institute

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Join us for a free noontime architectural tour of the Salk Institute in La Jolla. We'll enjoy lunch afterward at the on-site cafeteria. This hourlong tour is limited to 6 RSVPs. Please RSVP only if you know you can go, and if your plans change please adjust your status accordingly so others may attend. Thanks, and see you soon! :)

Parking: Free visitor parking is available just west of the Institute on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Please identify yourself as being with the SD Art Lovers group (or mention Rachel Moore's name) to the parking attendant for parking instructions.

More about the Salk: The Salk Institute campus represents a unique blend of form and function. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the campus supports 61 faculty members and a scientific staff of more than 850 doing powerful biological research.

Jonas Salk had a distinctive vision for the creation of the Institute. In the early 1960s, he directed the world-renowned architect Louis Kahn to provide spacious, unobstructed laboratory spaces that could be adapted to the ever-changing needs of science. The building materials had to be simple, strong, durable, and as maintenance-free as possible. Salk summarized his aesthetic objectives by telling the architect to "create a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso." Kahn, who was a devoted artist before he became an architect, responded to this challenge.

In 1992, the Salk received a 25-Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is featured in the AIA exhibit Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life. The Salk Institute has been described in the San Diego Union-Tribune as the single most significant architectural site in San Diego.


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