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Mary Graham Children's Center

French Camp, California


The Mary Graham Children's Center provides temporary shelter for children before their placement in foster homes, satellite homes or treatment programs. Located on 8 acres in a Central Valley farming community, the Children's Center includes four cottages housing twelve children each, reception and intake building, children's advocacy center, a school, visitor building and an arts building, all planned around a central green space and outdoor recreational area. The Design Partnership made playful use of building shapes and elements and a cheerful palette to create a reassuring and friendly campus for the children.