291 First Street East, Sonoma CA 95476
Hours: Open by Appointment.
Visit MaysonnaveHouse.org to inquire about events.
When Henri Maysonnave died in 1989, his farmhouse and its garden were bequeathed to his beloved City of Sonoma, with the stipulation that it be used for art, cultural or museum purposes.
Recognizing the historic value of the property, the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation secured a long-term lease from the City of Sonoma for Henri’s house.
In 2008 the League completed its restoration of the property that now houses the League’s archives and serves as its “Heritage Center” where lectures, meetings, exhibits, and receptions are held.
The Maysonnave House and Garden also provide a venue for various events for both members and non-members alike.
To inquire about booking this historic property, contact Debbie Amogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a tax-deductible donation and help support this local historic gem,
please read about Henri’s Paint Club and the Fund a Month Club.
The farmhouse and garden are now the Sonoma League’s Headquarters
One block from the Plaza at 291 First Street East stands a little white wood frame farmhouse and long-neglected garden that was built about 1910. Walking or driving by, you may not really notice it, but Sonoma old-timers know that this was the home of Henri Maysonnave.
The land on which the house stands once belonged to General Vallejo. Next, it passed to the Buclis family and later was purchased by Henri Maysonnave. The house, just past the front porch, consists of a parlor, a library, a kitchen, a dining room, and two additional rooms beyond that. In the back are a veranda and a small garden.
The only alterations made by Mr. Maysonnave were to enclose the front porch after he developed tuberculosis and to add a half bathroom, so the building is almost completely original.
Henri’s will contained two memorable requests – one was that his body be driven around the Plaza one last time and the other was that his home was willed to his beloved City of Sonoma, stipulating that it be used for art, cultural or museum purposes.
Recognizing the historical value of the property, the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation secured a long-term lease from the City of Sonoma for Henri’s house.
In 2008, the League completed restoration of Henri’s house and renamed it The Maysonnave House. The grand opening took place on what would have been Henri’s 85th birthday on September 27 with a wonderful country dinner attended by 250 people.
The Sonoma League continues to honor Henri’s memory and to respect his wishes – Henri’s house is in constant use by the League with its many activities.