Sonoma’s Marcy House has come a long way.
Built on a property near Clay Street and Broadway in the 1800s, the elegant little farmhouse faced demolition in 1989 – but was spared by a community rallying around its historical landmarks, said city historian George McKale.
“It caused quite a sensation,” McKale said, describing the spectacle of the house being picked up and moved to its current location at 205 First St. W., on city-owned property alongside the police station. “It actually was a huge, huge deal.”
Last Monday, March 17, the Sonoma City Council considered the next chapter for the house, which since 1989 has been occupied by the Sonoma Sister Cities Association under a dollar-a-year lease. That group made a great effort at the time to get the house moved and rehabilitated, and has been using it ever since as its main meeting place. Delegates from any of Sonoma’s six sister cities around the world often arrive there first to meet with local representatives.
Recently, however, the group’s 25-year lease ran out, and the city now has some choices to make.