John Marsh House

6 mi. W of Byron on Marsh Creek Rd., Byron, California


Historic American Buildings Survey From "John Marsh, Pioneer", by Dr. George D. Lyman Taken: Late 1850's

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



Built by a pioneer physician between 1853 and 1856, its history has been ill-starred. Dr. Marsh (possessed of only a BA, not an MD) was murdered soon after the completion of the house; his wife, Abby Tuck Marsh, died slightly earlier from the results of child-birth. The house was designed by Thomas Boyod (Pierce and Wood contractors). It was constructed of native sandstone and brick made on the property. Once the center of a vast cattle empire, the house has gradually declined into a derelict state in the 20th century. Stylistically a cross between a Victorian Gothic "cottage" and a Italian Villa, it now sits in lonely isolation amidst the valleys and hills of northeast Mount Diablo... -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 7, 1971
Reference number
NR name
Marsh, John, House
Areas of significance
Health/Medicine; Exploration/Settlement; Architecture; Social History; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2022: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • April 28, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER