Maysonnave House & Heritage Center


Maysonnave House and Heritage Center


291 First Street East, Sonoma CA 95476

Hours: Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM through the generous contribution of Jason Bell who is on-duty these hours

When Henri Maysonnave died in 1989, his farm house 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.

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The farmhouse and garden are also available for special occasion rentals.

One block from the Plaza at 291 First Street East stood 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 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 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 Heritage Center at 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 and, in addition to renting the facility for private events whose income supports the maintenance of the house, the League makes the space available to other non-profit groups on an on-going basis.





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