Tiburon, California 94920
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Why We Like This Place
Drivers who stream along Richardson Bay on the commute to and from Tiburon have a wonderful panoramic bay view, which sweeps from Sausalito to Strawberry Point and Mt. Tamalpais. A beautiful new addition to that view is the Landmarks Art and Garden Center, a lovingly renovated house and property from Tiburon’s earliest years, that is now a superb setting for weddings and special events.
Once you reach this facility, nearby Tiburon Boulevard. becomes a soft hum, and you’re enveloped in another world and sensibility. As you pass the deep green expanse of lawn on your way in, you can picture having your ceremony on it, or perhaps joining your guests for an old-fashioned game of croquet.
The square-acre site, with its commanding vista of Richardson Bay, is a garden composed of four terraces, with the house nestled to one side and a rose arbor on the other. The terraces are joined by curving brick walkways and ascend a gentle hillside in the following order: a lush lawn, a bricked area, an oval terrace, and a belvedere at the top. Each of these lovely outdoor spaces—all of which have an extensive view of the water and southern Marin’s steep hills—works extremely well as a site for a ceremony or reception.
The Center had been untended and overgrown until a landscape architect and a brigade of green-thumbed volunteers descended on it in 2000. Original redwoods, oaks, elms, walnut and fruit trees, and blooming hedges are now augmented by new plantings of crabapples, weeping cherries, Japanese maples, and colorful beds of azaleas, camellias, roses, lilacs and seasonal flowers.
Birds love the improvements—you can hear them chirping everywhere. Halfway up the hillside is a touch of whimsy, an old ocher and green pagoda-shaped birdhouse from the Victorian era appropriately called a “folly.” A cool, shady grove of redwoods behind the house has branches that shelter three loveseat-sized benches.
The other star of the Center is the restored farmhouse, built in the 1870s and once part of a working-class neighborhood in the days when Tiburon was a railroad terminal. The cottage, clad in gray shingles with rough cedar shakes on the roof, features a sun-filled living room that opens to the original kitchen and adjoining sitting area. A small wedding or reception would fit nicely here, surrounded by the rough-hewn charm of the meticulously restored walls and floors. (The walls are a permanent art gallery, featuring exhibitions of paintings by local artists that change through the year.) Just outside the kitchen door, there’s a handsomely refurbished farmyard bell that newlyweds’ friends often toll in celebration—another one of the old-fashioned touches that contribute to this facility’s welcoming atmosphere.
If your imagination has been taking you to a quiet, sunny spot with abundant greenery and scenery, you’ll undoubtedly experience a pleasing sense of déjà vu when you actually set foot in the Landmarks Art and Garden Center.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 55
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 55
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated: 55
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The brick terrace holds 120 seated; the lawn holds 200 seated. Tenting is an additional option depending on the weather.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The cottage accommodates 55 guests. The larger terrace holds 70 seated, 75–85 for a buffet, or 95–110 for a cocktail party. The lawn holds 150 seated for a reception or buffet.
MEETING CAPACITY: The cottage holds up to 55 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For special events, 50% of the rental fee is required as a partially refundable deposit to reserve your date. The rental balance and a refundable $1,000–2,000 security deposit are payable 60 days prior to the event. The rental fee for the cottage and garden is $3,500 for up to 55 guests, $4,000 for 56–100 guests and $4,500 for 101–150 guests. All rental fees cover up to 8 hours of use on the day of the event. Additional time for rehearsals is $300/hour. If applicable, there may be a setup fee of $100/hour. Note that 50% of the rental fee is tax deductible.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: limited
Tables & Chairs: CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: limited to 12 cars, shuttle required, valet service available
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: Richardson Bay and Mt. Tamalpais
Venue ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: through caterer or bartender service
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with limitations
Wheelchair Access: yes, some areas are limited
Insurance: required for events serving alcohol
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