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Venues and Locations at Montalvo Arts Center:

Montalvo offers a variety of different types of venues for its many different performances, concerts, and arts & education programs. Click on the map on the right side of the page to see the locations of these venues.

  • residencies Artists Residency

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Comprised of ten live/work studios and a commons building, the Lucas Artists Residency was designed by six distinct artist/architect teams who coordinated to build spaces unique to the specific needs of artists.More information on the Commons and Residency buildings.

  • The Barn Art Studio Barn Art Studio

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Originally Senator Phelan's horse stables, Montalvo's historic barn art studio provides the perfect space for art-making. The Barn is located in Parking Lot 4 on Montalvo's grounds.

  • The Belvedere Belvedere

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Belvedere is located to the east of Parking Lot 2, one of the starting points for Montalvo's hiking trails and an original structure from Senator Phelan's days.

  • The intimate Carriage House Theatre Carriage House Theatre

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre was originally Senator Phelan's garage (or "carriage house"), but has been fully renovated into a beautifully intimate theater space which features performances, concerts, dance, lectures, and more all year round.Concerts at the Carriage House Theatre: Gates open one hour prior to showtime. Seating 30 minutes prior. Montalvo may delay seating due to sound check needs. During concerts ...

  • Cottage 2 Cottages

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located on the Montalvo grounds, the Cottages - situated above parking lot 2 - were once the homes for Resident Artists. Today, they are used as a meeting space for the Montalvo Service Group, as well as for other meetings and gatherings.

  • The Creekside Studio Creekside Studio

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Landscape Architect: Jeffrey Miller (San Francisco). Visual Artist: Amy Trachtenberg (San Francisco). See the artists' bios.  Montalvo Arts Center is pleased to welcome visitors to our new Creekside Studio, a gateway to Montalvo’s 175-acre park and a place for our diverse audiences to meet, gather, reflect and engage with the rich ecology of the wild and cultivated landscapes on the property. The Creekside Studio ...

  • The side veranda of Montalvo's historic villa. Front and Side Verandas

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Front and Side Verandas of the Historic Villa are perfect places to lunch while enjoying music. We often host just such events here!

  • The Historic Villa from the Great Lawn Great Lawn

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Montalvo's Great Lawn is a beautiful expanse of green between the Historic Villa and the entrance to the Italianate Garden. It's a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. The Great Lawn plays host to concerts, sculptures, and other Montalvo events throughout the year.

  • The Grove of Generosity Grove of Generosity

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located along the creek at the base of the hill near the entrance, the Grove of Generosity was created to honor the many individuals and organizations who have generously donated to Montalvo over the years.

  • Montalvo's hiking trails Hiking Trails

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Our public park welcomes over 50,000 visitors every year to its woodland hiking trails and beautiful grounds. Parking is free and the grounds are open to the public.More information about the hiking trails.

  • Historic Villa Historic Villa

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Historic Villa at Montalvo Arts Center is a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 by former US Senator and San Francisco Mayor James Duvall Phelan. The Villa, a historic treasure, still retains most of its original architecture and has been beautifully maintained since Phelan's death, when he donated the property and surrounding grounds to the State of California as a place to cultivate art ...

  • The Italianate Garden. Italianate Garden

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Italianate Garden is located at the base of the Front Lawn with a gated entryway and beautiful trees and plants lining the pathways, which lead to the Love Temple and other Italian style sculptures.More information about the Italianate Garden, its history and recent revitalization.

  • The Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre, located behind the Villa on a sloping hill surrounded by trees, has been a performance venue at Montalvo since the days of Senator Phelan, who hosted lectures, concerts, and poetry readings here as far back as the 1920s. Today, it is a state of the art, 1,600-seat amphitheater and one of the South Bay's most beloved outdoor concert ...

  • The Love Temple Love Temple

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Love Temple is at the north end of the Italianate Garden and is an original structure from the days of Senator Phelan. Inside the temple is an ornate Italian style sculpture.

  • Knight Ridder Commons Lucas Artists Program Commons

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Donald J. Stastny, of StastnyBrun Architects, Portland, Oregon, was the Invitational Process Advisor for the Lucas Artists Programs. His projects range in scope from the design of museums and interpretive centers to creating and coordinating design competitions, including those for the American Embassy in Berlin, ARTSPark in Los Angeles, as well as Montalvo’s. With the multiple functions inherent to The Commons, it was appropriate ...

  • The Oval Garden Oval Garden

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Oval Garden, located in the rear of the Villa above the Spanish Courtyard, was once Senator Phelan's swimming pool. It has since been renovated into a beautiful grass lawn, still retaining the oval shape of the original pool.

  • The front lawn of the historic villa Park Grounds

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Set on 175 stunning acres of open space with 2.5 miles of hiking trails in the midst of Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a historic Mediterranean-style villa and hosts three performing arts venues, a 10-studio artist residency complex and a formal Italianate garden.

  • The Sally & Don Lucas Residency Commons Building Parking Lot 1

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located in front of Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency Commons building.

  • Parking Lot 2 Parking Lot 2

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located to the west of the Historic Villa.

  • Parking Lot 3 Parking Lot 3

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located to the east of the Villa near the Carriage House Theatre.

  • Parking Lot 4 Parking Lot 4

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located to the east of the Great Lawn at the base of the hiking trails.

  • Hen and Chicks plant in the Cactus Garden Phelan Cactus Garden

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Phelan Cactus Garden, located to the north of the Italianate Garden, showcases a wide variety of beautiful and unusual succulent plants.More information about the Phelan Cactus Garden, its history and recent revitalization.

  • No image for this venue Phelan Library

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Senator Phelan's original library, restored with antique furniture, books, and a grand piano, to resemble what it might have looked like during Phelan's time.

  • The Poet's Walk Poet's Walk

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Poet's Walk begins at the West Lawn and proceeds alongside the Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre toward the hiking trails. The path is lined with beautiful flowers and unique plants.

  • The Project Space Gallery Project Space Gallery

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Regular Project Space hours:Thursday-Sunday, 11am-3pm; not open during summer months.Plus one hour prior to Carriage House concerts.Note: Gallery is only open when there is an exhibition on view. Click here for our current exhibition schedule.Gallery hours depend on volunteer support. Click here for information about how you can become a Montalvo volunteer!The Project Space Gallery offers visitors rotating displays of ...

  • The Solarium inside the Historic Villa Solarium

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The Solarium is a room inside the Historic Villa which overlooks the front veranda and the trees alongside the Great Lawn. The sun creates beautiful light in the room during the day, making it perfect for lunches, meetings, or reading a book.

  • The Spanish Courtyard Spanish Courtyard

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    Located behind the Villa adjacent to the Main Hall, perfect for outdoor intimate luncheons, dinners and evening cocktail receptions.

  • The West Lawn. West Lawn

    15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga CA
    The West Lawn is located to the west of the historic Villa and the Oval Garden. It features a decorative gazebo to sit in, beautiful flowers in the spring and summer, and a charming statue.



  • Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts

    701 Mission St, San Francisco CA
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 out of an expressed need for an accessible, high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives. Distinguished by its support for contemporary artists from around the world, YBCA is also recognized for the important role the organization plays in the San Francisco Bay Area ...