Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House

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Lyford House
Lyford House, Tiburon.jpg
Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House is located in California
Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House
Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House is located in the United States
Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House
Location376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, California
Coordinates37°53′39″N 122°29′46″W / 37.89417°N 122.49611°W / 37.89417; -122.49611Coordinates: 37°53′39″N 122°29′46″W / 37.89417°N 122.49611°W / 37.89417; -122.49611
Architectural styleSecond Empire
NRHP reference #00001268[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 10, 2000

The Lyford House is a Victorian house located in Tiburon, California. Built in 1876, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The earliest human habitation of the local area was by hunter-gatherer Native American peoples. The clearest extant record of such habitation in the vicinity is on the nearby Ring Mountain, where rock art and grinding stones[2] are found on some of the large boulders.


The Lyford House on Richardson Bay in Tiburon, California, was the home of Benjamin Lyford (1841–1906), a doctor in the Union Army who was born in New Hampshire and raised in Cabot, Vermont. He migrated to San Francisco after the American Civil War to practice medicine. He married Hilarita née Reed (1839–1908), the daughter of John Reed, an Irish immigrant who was granted the Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio, literally "the place where wood is cut for the Presidio", which today comprises the peninsula incorporating Tiburon, Belvedere and much of southern Marin County.[3] The Lyford House was originally located at Strawberry Point as part of Lyford's Eagle Dairy Ranch, but was moved by barge in December 1957 when threatened with demolition and is now owned by the National Audubon Society.[4]

The Benjamin Lyford House is part of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1] In December 2002 the house was damaged when a tree crashed through the roof. It was closed for a year of restoration, reopening in 2004.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Ring Mountain, The Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham
  3. ^ History of Early Mill Valley, Mill Valley Historical Society Archived 2001-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Maura Thurman (April 16, 2004). "Tiburon Victorian set to unveil makeover". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-07.

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