Venues



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Venues and Locations at Montalvo:

Montalvo offers a variety of different types of venues for its many different performances, concerts, and arts & education programs. Many venues are also available to rent for weddings, corporate events, and parties.

  • residencies Artists Residency

    Comprised of ten live/work studios and a commons building, the Lucas Artists Residency was designed by six distinct artist/architect teams who coordinated to build spaces unique to the ...

  • The Barn Art Studio Barn Art Studio

    Originally Senator Phelan's horse stables, Montalvo's historic barn art studio provides the perfect space for art-making. The Barn is located in Parking Lot 4 on Montalvo's grounds.

  • The Belvedere Belvedere

    Restored in 2013 with a grant from the Santa Clara County Historic Society, the beautiful open architecture of the Belvedere makes it a fine resting spot after returning from a ...

  • The intimate Carriage House Theatre Carriage House Theatre

    The Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre was originally Senator Phelan's garage (or "carriage house"), but has been fully renovated into a beautifully intimate theater space which features performances, concerts ...

  • Cottage 2 Cottages

    Located on the Montalvo grounds, the Cottages - situated above parking lot 2 - were once the homes for Resident Artists. Today, they are used as a meeting space for the Montalvo ...

  • The Creekside Studio Creekside Studio

    Landscape Architect: Jeffrey Miller (San Francisco). Visual Artist: Amy Trachtenberg (San Francisco). See the artists' bios.  Montalvo Arts Center is pleased to welcome visitors to our new Creekside Studio, a ...

  • The side veranda of Montalvo's historic villa. Front and Side Verandas

    The Front and Side Verandas of the Historic Villa are perfect places to lunch while enjoying music. We often host just such events here!

  • Montalvo's historic Villa Great Lawn

    Redesigned and completely replanted in 2012, the one-and-a-half-acre Great Lawn is the centerpiece and hub of Montalvo's grounds and gardens. The setting for countless picnics, concerts, arts installations, and ...

  • The Grove of Generosity Grove of Generosity

    Located along the creek at the base of the hill near the entrance, the Grove of Generosity was created to honor the many individuals and organizations who have generously donated ...

  • Historic Villa Historic Villa

    The Historic Villa at Montalvo Arts Center is a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 by former US Senator and San Francisco Mayor James Duvall Phelan. The Villa, a historic treasure ...

  • The Italianate Garden. Italianate Garden

    The historic Italianate Garden at Montalvo is situated across from the Villa and its sprawling Great Lawn. A testimony to the legacy of Senator James Duval Phelan, it is a ...

  • The Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre

    The Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre, located behind the Villa on a sloping hill surrounded by trees, has been a performance venue at Montalvo since the days of Senator Phelan, who ...

  • The Love Temple Love Temple

    The Love Temple is at the north end of the Italianate Garden and is an original structure from the days of Senator Phelan. Inside the temple is an ornate Italian ...

  • Knight Ridder Commons Lucas Artists Program Commons

    Donald J. Stastny, of StastnyBrun Architects, Portland, Oregon, was the Invitational Process Advisor for the Lucas Artists Programs. His projects range in scope from the design of museums and interpretive ...

  • The mermaid statue in the pond along the walkway. Mermaid Pond

    With a generous grant from the Santa Clara County Historical Grant Program, this serene pond and surrounding areas were restored and replanted in 2013.  The pond itself features a provocative ...

  • The Oval Garden Oval Garden

    This intimate garden serves as the elegant backdrop for many of the wedding ceremonies that take place at Montalvo. Plantings of hydrangeas, wisteria, and roses surround an oval lawn, which ...

  • Hen and Chicks plant in the Cactus Garden Phelan Cactus Garden

    Senator Phelan created this garden in the 1920s to showcase interesting and unusual plants including two Ponytail Palms (Beaucarnea recurvata). Over time, the surrounding trees grew and created the shadier ...

  • Senator Phelan Phelan Library

    Senator Phelan's original library, restored with antique furniture, books, and a grand piano, to resemble what it might have looked like during Phelan's time.

  • The Project Space Gallery Project Space Gallery

    Regular Project Space hours:Thursday-Sunday, 11am-3pm; not open during summer months.Plus one hour prior to Carriage House concerts.Note: Gallery is only open when there is an exhibition on ...

  • The Solarium inside the Historic Villa Solarium

    The Solarium is a room inside the Historic Villa which overlooks the front veranda and the trees alongside the Great Lawn. The sun creates beautiful light in the room during ...

  • The Spanish Courtyard Spanish Courtyard

    Framed on three sides by the Villa and on the fourth by a dramatic wall fountain, this "sunken" courtyard is a favored location for wedding receptions and summer luncheons. Surrounding ...

  • The West Lawn. West Lawn

    The West Lawn is located to the west of the historic Villa and the Oval Garden. It features a decorative gazebo to sit in, beautiful flowers in the spring and ...



  • Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts

    701 Mission St, San Francisco CA
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 out of an expressed need for an accessible, high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art ...