St. Mary's Art and Retreat Center
Built in 1875, St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center is the Grand Dame of Virginia City and is a National Historic Landmark. High up in the Virginia Range mountains, perched near old gold and silver mineshafts, in the lost in time mining town of the Comstock Era, is St Mary’s Art Center. Originally a Hospital for the Comstock miners, left empty and abandoned for many years after the Gold Rush declined, only to be saved in the 1964 by Father Meinecke, who had great foresight and a plan.
St Mary’s Hospital was dedicated to the Arts and Culture, by Father Meinecke, and the abandoned building became a living, vibrant Art Center.
New art in the galleries, come up and visit!
Meinecke Gallery: Zoe Bray oil painter, showing portraits, UK/France/Basque
Manogue Gallery: Dale Laitinen watercolor landscape artist showing watercolors and oil paintings, California, USA
4th Floor Resident Gallery 2: Justin Favela – installation artist, Las Vegas, USA (Capital City Arts initiative)
Van Bokkelen Gallery: Brandon Lacow photographer showing conceptual photography, Nevada, USA
Stairwell galleries – from Dayton High School Blake Carter and Mallorie-Lynn Gribble
2014 Spring open hours Thursday – Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Panoramic photo of St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center by our Executive Director/Creative Director: Frances Melhop
Take some time out for self improvement taught by experienced artists , artisan craftspeople or yoga professionals.
St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center is a place where creativity can be explored in an atmosphere of quiet beauty and isolation. Just far enough off the beaten track to be peaceful but close enough to the eclectically, vintage town of Virginia City to find atmosphere and characters and fun things to do and some lovely places to eat….
St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center is available for rental year round for creative workshops, artist retreats, functions, events and groups, business meetings and business incentive retreats, family reunions, writer’s workshops, church groups, yoga and martial arts, meditation and more. More About Art Retreats We believe creativity is developed within the group – individuals coming together and through collaboration and connection; synthesizing a solution greater than the minds and sums of its parts.
Take a tour of one of Virginia City's most Historic Landmarks.
St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center, a National Historic Landmark, was formerly known as the St. Mary Louise Hospital. Built in 1875 by the Daughters of Charity and Father Patrick Manogue, this four-story, gabled, red brick structure with Doric columns sits on land donated by Mary Louise Mackay, wife of one of the four Bonanza Kings. More About Historical Tours
View collectable artworks in one of our 6 Gallery spaces, visit our Resident artists and watch their work in progress
Let us take you on a magical journey into the world of St Mary’s, Virginia City then and now, surrounded by the artworks of established and emerging artists More About Art Galleries
Art workshops to stimulate your own creative process, join us to retreat, create, rest, and learn.
Writers Retreats, Crafters Retreats, Yoga Retreats, Business Meetings, Lectures, Ghost Tours through St Mary’s and Virginia City, School Trips, Archaeological sites. More About Our Other Services
St Mary’s is situated approximately 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe and 30 minutes above Reno.
Wander through our 6 galleries and view original art works by established national and international artists. The St Mary’s permanent collection is housed throughout the guest rooms. Our stair-wells are dedicated to art by the region’s youth, taking their first steps into the arts. Our tours by appointment combine both history and art. Take a glimpse into the story and lives of individuals who built, worked, visited and stayed at the hospital.
Create your own art in our lovely old historic mansion’s creative spaces. Experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets from our “hundred mile” view. See the stars every night. We’ve thought of everything – every amenity and comfort of home for your stay to be perfect. Great coffee in the morning and great social gatherings at night. Our visitors always come back. Contact us for your own creative and historic Virginia City experience