West Palm Beach Auditorium

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  • View of Tower with 24 beams up, July 26, 1966. View of Tower with 24 beams up, July 26, 1966.
  • West Palm Beach Civic Auditorium nearing completion. (n.d) West Palm Beach Civic Auditorium nearing completion. (n.d)
  • View of pre-cast concrete columns. View of pre-cast concrete columns.
  • West Palm Beach Civic Auditorium under construction, November 15, 1966. West Palm Beach Civic Auditorium under construction, November 15, 1966.

Goldberg's structural and material inventiveness can also be seen in a series of smaller, unique projects undertaken by the office such as the West Palm Beach Auditorium. The design of the West Palm Beach Auditorium featured large-scale concrete roofing rafters used to establish a dramatic tent-like structure of precast concrete. The building can be considered a cross between a low-profile teepee yet with the look of a 1960's spaceship.

The project started in the late 1950's as a series of designs for Flagler Marina in West Palm Beach, originally promoted as a broader set of urban improvements along the water's edge. It ultimately was built as just the auditorium.

Surprisingly, careful examination of the entry "walkway" or bridge to the project reveals use of concrete vaults, quite similar to the vaulting underneath Marina City's Office Building. These are the only two instances of these three dimensional arches, quite lovely and well executed.

At present, the auditorium is currently being used by a religious group for their large meetings.