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Business & Other Unique Retreats & Rentals

"Where Art, History & Community Come Together Since 1964"

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Retreats & Celebrations

The Perfect Retreat Venue

Enjoy our historic property for unique getaways, to reconnect, or celebrate something special.  Only at St. Mary's Art Center will you have such a private and exclusive opportunity to spend time together within a stunning 1876 historic building in magical Virginia City.

Host birthday parties, celebrations of life, reunions, holidays, or a fun weekend getaway with us.  Friends and families are welcome to rent blocks of rooms or the building with 15 guest rooms. Tailor your stay for an exclusive stay with all of our amenities, or, choose a group of guest rooms for a more budget conscious option.

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Historic 1876 Venue

A Private, Multi-Dimensional Property

We offer a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces unlike any other, perfect for an intimate retreat or celebration.

13,000 Square Feet

Four Floors

50 Person Event Maximum


Front Porch

Front Grounds

Art Studio

Art Galleries


Library Lounge

Museum Exhibitions

15 Guest Rooms


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Relax with Exceptional Views

The shaded front porch offers a beautiful covered location as a relaxation space overlooking our front grounds with stunning views of Virginia City and Mount Davidson.

PLEASE NOTE:  Our front grounds are currently undergoing improvements, including transition from grass to decomposed granite with flagstone path, and the significant addition of historically appropriate, and hearty, plants such as lilacs, lavender, Russian sage, salvia, thyme, and more. 


The design conserves water, encloses the front area, provides a defined walkway and ceremony area, and adds layers of height, color, and beauty. 

Contact us for more details regarding the upcoming changes.  The project is expected to be complete by May 15, 2024.

Enjoy the Sunny Balcony

This lovely elevated balcony offers and intimate focal point from above or below with the 1876 building and town as gorgeous backdrops.

This is a great space to enjoy the city lights and stars with your favorite refreshment and friends or co-workers.

Photo by Pura Vida Sierras Art


Charming Guest Rooms

Experience a one-of-a-kind and rare private, historical venue for an immersive business retreat with your team or a special celebration with friends and family.

7 Queen Single Rooms

3 Full Single Rooms

3 Full Double Rooms

2 Twin Double Rooms

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Art Studio

The art studio is warm and welcoming with original floors, customizable party lighting, and eclectic, artsy decor and patina.


This is the largest indoor space and has beautiful easter, southern, and western lighting.  The open space may be configured with rows of seats for lectures and speeches, or as a banquet or roundtable space.

Occupancy ranges based on use, with a maximum capacity of 50.

Photo by Pura Vida Sierras Art

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Art Galleries

St. Mary's Art Center is filled with fine art, including contemporary seasonal art exhibitions and our diverse permanent collection.

Our collections and exhibitions provide unique photo opportunities and adding color and inspiring conversation and reflection.

Artwork by Carol Sesko

Photo by Pura Vida Sierras Art

Mimi Patrick     Library & Lounge

The library is a warm, inviting space with a vintage 1876 quilt, collection of fine and folk art by Mimi Patrick, and an eclectic collection of arts-related books located on our top floor.  This space is perfect for small meetings or breakout spaces, lounging, games, reading, or casual conversations.

Photo by Pura Vida Sierras Art


Louise Curran Theatre

Seating 23 people, this charming theatre includes vintage loveseats and stunning 1938 theatre seats from the former Virginia City Theatre (now Grandma's Fudge).

This multi-purpose space is perfect for PowerPoint presentations, videos, training, or livening things up with karaoke, personal streaming services, movies, or photo slideshows to commemorate the occasion.

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Nooks & Breakout Spaces

With four floors of beautiful spaces comes the opportunity for charming niches and breakout spaces such as this meeting nook on the third floor.

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Ambiance, Respite, & Technology

We offer simple, yet convenient technology to add the right functionality or ambiance to your celebration or business meetings:

- WIFI on All Four Floors

Sonos Sound System on All Four Floors

- Projector and Computer with Internet in the Theatre, including personal streaming options

We also include a break from the everyday technology.  You will not find televisions in the guest rooms or library.  Read one of the books in our charming library or admire the beautiful sunsets instead...


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Furnishings, Linens, Serving, & Tableware

We offer folding tables, cafe tables, and folding chairs for convenience, included within the rental rate. 


As a nod to our heritage in Nevada as the "Silver State", we also offer light gray cafe tablecloths, seat covers, and napkins.  Dark gray tablecloths provide interest and contrast for larger rectangular tables.  r.

Tableware and large-capacity beverage and serving options are available.

Inquire about included and add-on options


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Catering or Communal Cooking Options

Two Kitchen Options Available for Catering or Self-Prepared Meals:

South Kitchen:  Ideal for catering and food storage with large cooler, residential microwave, oven, and small appliances.

North Kitchen:  Ideal for serving and dining, including residential refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, oven, and range.

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Special Events Brochure, Rates, and Resources

Learn more about our offerings:

Conveniently Pay the Deposit:


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Rental Deposits DO NOT guarantee dates for hold or rentals without written confirmation by SMAC staff.  Reservations are not confirmed until contract execution.

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