Grand Entrance & Garden Terrace Project

This fall, Montalvo will  embark on a large-scale construction project to completely transform Parking Lot 2 and the lawn area west of the Villa. These updates will increase accessibility and expand our capacity for events and exhibitions. Most importantly, they will also dramatically improve convenience and enjoyment for our visitors.

Parking Lot 2 will be remodeled to create a wide circular drive leading cars past the front door of the Villa. This new configuration will improve traffic and pedestrian flow at our large events. 

Above Parking Lot 2, where there is currently only a sloped lawn, a new terraced garden will be installed. With an open, flat layout, this space will be a lovely new setting for weddings and private events. It will also provide us with expanded space for art installations, and its plantings will be irrigated by a state-of-the-art drought-compliant watering system.  It will be accessible by a newly built ADA-accessible ramp and a wider staircase to better accommodate crowds.

The project broke ground on November 2, 2015 and is scheduled to come to completion at the end of May 2016. It is funded through the generosity of private donors. 

Naming Opportunities

Select naming opportunities are still available. Contact Taylor Welty at or 408-961-5809 for more info or click here to see what options you have to make your mark on Montalvo's landscape!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Grand Entrance & Garden Terrace Project?

Above Parking Lot 2, our sloped lawn will be transformed into a new terraced garden. Lot 2 will be remodeled to create a wide circular drive leading cars past the front door of the historic Villa.

What's the timeline for the project?

It is scheduled to be completed at the end of May, 2016.

How will it impact parking?

Parking Lot 2 (on the west side of the Villa) will be closed for the duration of the project. Hikers should park in Lot 4 or as directed. Concert and event parking is not expected to be impacted. Event vendors, please work with our facilities team to coordinate parking needs.

The newly renovated Lot 2 will provide for improved traffic and pedestrian flow.

Other questions? Send us an email.