San Rafael’s historic Boyd Gate Household accessible for tenants

The landmark Boyd Gate Residence on B Road in San Rafael – home to the Marin Record Museum for far more than a fifty percent-century – could quickly be a store, a gallery or someone’s one of a kind workspace.

San Rafael town officials introduced this thirty day period the unusual lease option for the historic developing, which could operate as a museum, retail area, artwork gallery or other professional operation.

“It’s a historic landmark,” said Fabiola Guillen, a city challenge supervisor who is overseeing the work. “We think the community could reward from a person who appreciates the property the way that we do. We’re open up to all applications.”

The Boyd Gate House, situated at 1125 B St. at Mission Avenue, was created in 1879 as a gatehouse and overflow guest house on the estate that was inherited by famed Arctic explorer and photographer Louise Arner Boyd.

The residence, which has been explained as “classic” Victorian and also Gothic Revival, was manufactured for the close by Boyd mansion, which is now occupied by the Elks Club of San Rafael.

The gate household and its grounds ended up donated by the Boyd spouse and children to the town, which dedicated it as a park in 1905. The a few-tale building established into a downtown hillside, surrounded by landscaped grounds and a granite and iron fence.

Metropolis officers advertised the lease chance on Sept. 15, noting that, according to estimates, the month-to-month working charges would be about $1,200 a month. The specifics of the lease haven’t been finalized.

The earlier tenant, the Marin Background Museum, leased the creating for just $1 for each calendar year. Below the arrangement, the museum staffers ended up in cost of routine maintenance expenditures. Upkeep of the residence for the battling museum turned far too good and staffers ended up pressured to vacate the residence in 2014, shifting functions to its research heart in Novato.

The Boyd Gate House is found in San Rafael, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Unbiased Journal)

Considering the fact that the museum left the developing, the city’s Section of Economic Advancement and the sustainability and application manager have been applying the Boyd house as an business office. People staffers are transferring into freshly freed up place at Town Corridor now that police and fireplace personnel have migrated to the new public basic safety constructing throughout the road.

Lately, the Boyd property underwent a $200,000 renovation. The job repaired the mildew-destroyed structure, upgraded plumbing and electrical programs and added waterproofing, a new roof and contemporary paint.

Leslie Simons, treasurer of San Rafael Heritage, a historic preservation business, said the town did a excellent position restoring the home.

Vehicles are seen on B Street passing he Boyd Gate House is witnessed in San Rafael, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The city is seeking for a new tenant to move into the the historical landmark and former property of the Marin Heritage Museum. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

“We surely hope they discover anyone who cares for the constructing,” Simons stated. “We just seriously want to see it cared for.”

Simons reported the San Rafael Heritage committee has not talked about the likelihood of a new tenant and that the matter will most likely be additional to an approaching agenda.

“I feel we would want to at least have some type of reaction to whoever may be hunting to rent the house,” she explained.

Statements of interest to lease the residence are thanks by 4 p.m. Friday. Metropolis staffers will assessment purposes through Nov. 3. Town officials expect to have a new tenant shift in no faster than Jan. 5, 2021.

Any lease arrangement that is up for thing to consider will be brought to the City Council for a general public discussion, Guillen said.

Vice Mayor and mayoral candidate Kate Colin said the prime spot downtown would be very well appreciated by whoever moves in.

“It’s a excellent area with a great deal of persona,” Colin explained. “It’s a nice option to be capable to lease it to convey in further income to offset its servicing price tag.”