the history of the maysonnave

Built circa 1910, the Maysonnave House is a shining example of Folk Victorian architecture and one of Sonoma's most treasured historic properties.

 
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The house is a Folk Victorian style, a popular design used for houses built near railroad depots between 1870 and 1910. The style is defined by Victorian decorative detailing on very simple symmetrical forms. 

The land where the Maysonnave House stands was originally owned by General Vallejo. The agricultural parcels were farmed by Camille Aguillon who established one of Sonoma's original wineries. Together with his wife, who was also named Camille, they built the Main House, the Cottage, and the garage on the property about the same time the Train Depot was relocated to this neighborhood of Sonoma. Much of the land was an orchard full of citrus trees. 

They lived in the house until they sold the parcels to Fabian Maysonnave. His son, Henri, deeded the property to the City upon his death in 1989, with the stipulation 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 and painstakingly restored it in 2008.

The house consists of a parlor, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, and two additional rooms beyond that. The property also boasts a charming garden and a carriage house that allows for catering setup. The house is located half a block away from the Sonoma Plaza. 

 
 

Your event fee goes to support the upkeep of the Maysonnave House and the preservation of the Maysonnave Cottage. 

If you'd like to further support this piece of Sonoma history, consider joining Henri's Paint Club or the Fund-a-Month Club.

The Maysonnave House works in partnership with the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation.