Gate House as their play area. Tragically, Seth and John Jr. died within months of each other from heart failure following childhood bouts of rheumatic fever. In their memory, the Boyds donated the Gate House and much of the gardens to the City
of San Rafael in a grand ceremony in 1905. Their daughter Louise Arner would inherit her family's estate in 1920 and soon embarked on a career as an arctic explorer. Maple Lawn was sold in 1963 to the local chapter of The Elks.
From 1905 to 1952, the Boyd Gate House was occupied by city gardeners and caretakers, and was lent to the U.S. Armed Forces Service Center in 1954.
Since 1959, the Boyd Gate House has been home to the Marin History Museum (formerly the Marin County Historical Society). After a brief absence, the Museum returned in 2021, with a newly created Research Library, a bookstore devoted to Marin County history, and exhibits highlighting the depth and breadth of the Museum's extensive collection of photographs, objects and archival materials.
In 1974, The Boyd Gate House was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. In 1976, the City of San Rafael designated the house as one of sixteen Local Landmarks. In 2006, the Boyd Gate House and Marin History Museum received an Award of Recognition from the California Heritage Council.
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