Why You'll Love This Place
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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.
Landmarks Art and Garden Center has been a featured wedding location on MarthaStewartWeddings.com.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
Venue rental fees vary based on guest-count and can include:
- 8-hour exclusive use of the indoor & outdoor event space ($400 per additional hour if needed)
- Tables & chairs for up to 30 guests
$4,000 – up to 55 guests
$4,500 – up to 100 guests
$5,000 – up to 150 guests
Weekday Elopement packages are available for $1,750. This package includes a 90-minute reservation for a maximum of 20-guests.
Note that 50% of the rental fee is tax-deductible.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 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.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
$ • $$
Alcohol must be served by a licensed bartender.
Year-round, daily. The cottage is available 8am–10pm and the garden 8am–9pm. The site is available for tours by appointment.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Art Gallery
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
- Ocean / Bay
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
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
But take note of the following limitations!
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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