South of Marshall is the Marconi Conference Center. The buildings were originally constructed by Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, in 1913 to serve as a radio transmission site. Marconi’s plan was to link the globe with a series of high powered wireless transmitters, of which Marshall was the primary west coast site for broadcasting to Hawaii. Marconi built a large hotel for use by his employees, and the imposing structure now sits vacant atop the hill with a spectacular view of Tomales Bay below. The Marconi site was later sold to RCA in 1919, then beginning in 1947 the property went through a succession of owners until it was bought by Synanon – dedicated to the rehabilitation of drug addicts – in 1965. The California State Parks Foundation acquired the property in 1984 with Buck Trust Funds, rehabilitated it as a conference center, and gave it to the Department of Parks and Recreation which now operates it as the non-profit Marconi Conference Center. It is constructed in the classic Italianate villa style.
Lodging Style and Amenities
A full service meeting and retreat facility. Each group is provided with a separate building dedicated exclusively to your group.
Close to hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, shopping, restaurants, beaches, and kayaking.
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Getting to the Marconi Conference Center on the Marin Coast
Marconi lies just 7 miles north of Point Reyes Station in the quiet hamlet of Marshall, California on the east side of Tomales Bay. The rural countryside of West Marin County is adorned with colorful wild flowers, fragrant forests and sunny beaches.
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From San Francisco:
Go north across the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101 past San Rafael. Exit Lucas Valley Road. Go left (west) on Lucas Valley Road to end, about 10 miles. Turn right (north) on Nicasio Valley Road, continue about 4 miles to end. Turn left (west) on Petaluma/Point Reyes Road, continue about 3 miles to stop sign. At stop sign, turn right (north) across bridge and continue to end of Petaluma/Point Reyes Road (about 3 miles). Turn right (north) on Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). Follow Highway 1 about 7.5 miles to Marconi, on the right.
For More Information, Contact:
Marconi Conference Center
18500 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, CA 94940
415-663-9020 · fax 415-663-1731