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.
Title image pochoir print by Frances Melhop

We have had a lovely write up in Culture Trip Click here to see the top 10 art spots in Nevada
It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!
The Art Faire was a huge success made possible by all of our wonderful sponsors, artist vendors, Board members and volunteers!
Thank you to all who participated in any way with our Art Faire!
Thank you to all the artists who donated a piece for our silent auction, you have helped St Mary’s incredibly!
Thank you to all of the student volunteers from Dayton High School, we are receiving endless praises about you! We are cooking up a thank you treat for you all!
Thank you to Healthy Communities Coalition, especially Lavurne Jeffreys and Quest Lakes. Thank you to Cora Jeffreys for her wonderful write up in the Nevada Appeal.
Thank you to Ron James and the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture without whom, we would have no fairy lights, vendor gifts and magical ambiance.
Thank you to all of our fabulous musicians!!! Jake Houston and the Tin Can String Band, Jim Allander and Sue Storneta, and Mylo, Adam and Chad our wandering minstrels!
Thank you To Carol Ansberry who dropped everything to create beautiful new signage for us!
Thank you to BJ’s Brewery who provided THE BEST BEER!
EXHIBITIONS (November – end of January)
Van Bokkelen Gallery: Nes Lerpa – large scale abstract paintings
Meinecke Gallery: Megan Berner – conceptual photography
Manogue Gallery: Jessica White – contemporary portraits
Art Nevada Gallery: Dusty Roads group show

Stairwell galleries – Reno High School Advanced Art
-Emily Jiang
-Tyler Hart
-Kelsey Rolling

 2014 WINTER Open hours Thursday – Sunday 11am – 4pm. Tours by appointment


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, eccentric characters and fun things to do, along with 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

Why Visit St. Mary’s?

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.

Contact us for your own creative and historic Virginia City experience! Our visitors always come back!!!





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