Marin County Historic Places (With Map)

Marin County, nestled in Northern California, stands out for its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, captured through numerous historical landmarks scattered across the county.

These landmarks, many located within or near national parks, offer a live history lesson, allowing both visitors and locals to dive into the past and discover the diverse stories that have shaped Marin County.

Marin County has over 50 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The map below shows the majority of them, including all the historic houses, buildings, and structures.

The range of historical sites in Marin County is impressive. The Alexander-Acacia Bridge in Larkspur, recognized on January 5, 1984, and the Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, honored on January 9, 2008, each narrate a part of Marin County’s development and natural splendor.

These places tell stories of architectural innovation, natural preservation, and the community’s evolution over time.

For example, the Angel Island U.S. Immigration Station, listed as a historical place on October 14, 1971, gives you a look into the complex history of U.S. immigration and the dreams and struggles of those who arrived there.

Meanwhile, the Marin County Civic Center, listed on July 17, 1991, showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural brilliance, reflecting the mid-20th-century optimism and progressive mindset that defined much of Marin’s growth.

Marin County’s military and maritime heritage shines through sites like Fort Baker, Fort Barry, and Fort Cronkhite, all recognized on December 12, 1973. These sites show the strategic importance of San Francisco Bay’s defense.

The Point Reyes Light Station, listed on September 3, 1991, highlights the crucial role light stations played in ensuring the safety of mariners along California’s hazardous coastlines.

The county’s dedication to cultural preservation is evident in areas like the Larkspur Downtown Historic District, listed on October 7, 1982, which captures the essence of early 20th-century American small towns.

The Marin Art and Garden Center, recognized on June 6, 2022, emphasizes Marin’s commitment to arts and nature, offering a peaceful haven for artistic and environmental appreciation.

These historical sites invite exploration and reflection with their unique stories and characteristics.

They serve as vivid reminders of Marin County’s past and as inspiration for future generations to explore and appreciate the rich interplay of human endeavors and natural beauty that makes this area extraordinary.

See the table below for a full list of the historical places included in the map above.

Property NameStreet & NumberCity Listed Date
Alexander-Acacia BridgeAlexander Ave. between Acacia and Monte Vista Aves.Larkspur1/5/1984
Angel Island, U.S. Immigration StationSE of Tiburon in San Francisco BayTiburon10/14/1971
Barrett, William G., House156 BulkleySausalito6/17/1980
Boyd House1125 B St.San Rafael12/17/1974
Bradford House333 G St.San Rafael6/6/1980
China CampSan Rafael4/26/1979
Dixie SchoolhouseSan Rafael12/26/1972
Dollar, Robert, Estate1408 Mission Ave.San Rafael12/11/1972
Dollar, Robert, House115 J St.San Rafael7/23/1991
Dolliver House58 Madrone Ave.Larkspur5/22/1978
Fashion Shop and Stephen Porcella House800 Grant Ave. and 1009 Reichert Ave.Novato6/25/1980
Fort BakerS of Sausalito off U.S. 101Sausalito12/12/1973
Fort BarryS of Sausalito off U.S. 101Sausalito12/12/1973
Fort CronkhiteS of Sausalito off U.S. 101Sausalito12/12/1973
Green Brae Brick Yard125 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd.Larkspur3/24/1978
Griswold House639 Main St.Sausalito9/12/1985
Hamilton Army Air Field Discontiguous Historic DistrictMostly the SW part of Hamilton Army Air FieldNovato11/20/1998
Larkspur Downtown Historic District234-552 1/2 Magnolia Ave.Larkspur10/7/1982
Lyford, Benjamin and Hilarita, House376 Greenwood Beach Rd.Tiburon11/10/2000
Lyford's Stone Tower2034 Paradise Dr.Tiburon12/2/1976
Marconi-RCA Bolinas Transmitting StationMesa Road; Point Reyes National Seashore.Bolinas2/23/2018
Marin Art and Garden Center30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.Ross6/6/2022
Marin City Public Housing101-429 Drake Ave., 1-99 Cole Dr.Marin City9/18/2017
Marin County Civic Center3501 Civic Center DrSan Rafael7/17/1991
Marinship Machine Shop25 Liberty Ship WaySausalito12/20/2016
McNear, Erskine, B., House121 Knight Dr.San Rafael1/11/1982
Mount Tamalpais Mountain TheaterMill Valley2/2/2015
Muir Woods National MonumentMuir Woods Rd.Mill Valley1/9/2008
Olema Lime Kilns4 mi. SE of Olema on CA 1Olema10/8/1976
Outdoor Art Club1 W. Blithedale Ave.Mill Valley11/16/1978
Pierce RanchPoint Reyes National SeashoreInverness12/6/1985
Point Bonita Light StationPoint BonitaSausalito9/3/1991
Point Reyes Lifeboat Rescue Station, 1927Drake's Bay, Point Reyes National SeashoreInverness11/7/1985
Point Reyes Light StationPoint Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes9/3/1991
Point Reyes Naval Radio Compass Station23250 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.Inverness6/29/2018
Rancho OlompaliNovato1/12/1973
RCA Point Reyes Receiving Station17400 Sir Francis Drake BlvdInverness2/23/2018
Rey, Valentine, House428 Golden Gate Ave.Belvedere4/22/1982
San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad Station House-Depot1920 Paradise Dr.Tiburon8/4/1995
San Rafael Improvement Club1800 5th Ave.San Rafael3/29/1984
Sausalito Woman's Club120 Central Ave.Sausalito4/15/1993
Schreiber, Brock, Boathouse and Beach12830 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.Inverness7/7/1978
St. Hilary's Mission Church201 Esperanza St.Tiburon2/3/2020
Station KPH Operating Station18500 CA 1Marshall7/24/1989
Station KPH, Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America18500 CA 1Marshall7/24/1989
Steamship TENNESSEE RemainsMarin City4/15/1981
Tocaloma BridgeOld segment of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. across Lagunitas Cr.Tocaloma9/14/2018
Tomales Presbyterian Church and Cemetery11 Church St.Tomales8/1/1975
West Point InnOld RR grade, Mt. TamalpaisMill Valley12/22/2011

Have you been to any of these historic places? Which are your favorites?

Austin Fernald

Austin Fernald is a California certified residential appraiser and the founder of Realvals. He writes about the Bay Area real estate market, as well as the real estate appraisal industry as a whole.

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