Originally built in 1903, the Masonic Hall has served as the lodge for the Masons of Mill Valley for more than a…More century. The hall, which holds 225 people for shows and seats 125, has long been home to a variety of private events and occasional concerts.
But in 2010, the old Masonic Hall is getting a much-needed makeover. Ged Robertson, owner of Small Shed Flatbreads on Madrona Street, struck a long-term lease deal with the Masons for exclusive booking rights and the right to turn the dated building into a modern music hall in the heart of Mill Valley.
Mr. Robertson's company, In the Woods Productions, is now booking live music four nights a week at the hall, and is also booking private events the other nights. In January 2010, Grateful Dead bandmates Bob Weir and Phil Lesh performed in the hall in a series of rehearsals for their group, Furthur. Once Mr. Robertson obtains the requisite permits from the city, he hopes to renovate the space and add a café. The venture hopes to make up for the loss of Sweetwater, the celebrated local music club that closed its doors in 2007.
On land inhabited by the Coast Miwok as many as 12,000 years ago, Mill Valley spawned from a Mexican government land…More grant to set up Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio on a wide swath of Southern Marin. The grant was issued in 1834 to John Thomas Reed, who built the town's namesake sawmill in Old Mill Park to provide lumber for the new military post being built in the Presidio in San Francisco.
The town was incorporated in September 1900, and the first Town Hall was constructed seven years later. By 1910, the town's population was 2,500 and has only grown to 13,200, as of 2008. The current City Hall was built in 1937. Public buildings and facilities opened throughout the decades, but City Hall remained the hub for local government.
While the Public Safety Building, constructed in the 1970s, is home to the city's police and fire departments, most city agencies are housed at City Hall. City Manager Jim McCann coordinates all city departments through eight department directors, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Planning and Building, Public Works Director, Finance and Human Resources Director, Parks and Recreation Director, City Librarian, and the General Manager of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Ernest Bloch Memorial Park 26 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA94941 Earnest Bloch Memorial Park is a very tiny park located behind the parking lot of Mill Valley City Hall, next to the…More creek. This park's one bench is situated on a small deck that overlooks the creek and is surrounded by towering redwood trees. It is the perfect place to relax, eat lunch, or sip on a beverage. Public restrooms are provided in City Hall.
Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA94941 Sweetwater Music Hall is th reincarnation of a historic Mill Valley music venue located in the Masonic Hall across from…More City Hall. The venue is owned by a group of investors that includes former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir. It opened in January 2012 and hosts all types of shows and performances and also has a cafe and bar. Events include open mic nights, local performances, acoustic shows, as well as special events, including a screening of the Super Bowl. Check its website for details on upcoming events or to join the mailing list for information on shows, special deals and events.