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Lawler House Gallery

Street: 718 Main St
City: Suisun City
Zip Code: 94585
Contact Person: Ken Chew
Website: Lawler House

Lawler House Gallery is a not for profit organization providing a unique location for artist exhibits, events, inspiration, and education. They are dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Suisun City by supporting a diverse and collaborative arts community. Art is a powerful medium that inspires, connects, engages, challenges, and informs us.

Their vision is to:

  • Bring fine art to the city of Suisun and the community in and beyond Solano County.
  • Support local artists whose talents encompass watercolor, oils, pastels, acrylics, collage, assemblage, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and photography.
  • Sponsor art exhibits and events, participate in Waterfront District Festivals, provide educational opportunities.

The Lawler house is the oldest surviving dwelling in Suisun City. Sometime around 1857, the large two-story ranch house was built on the Suisun prairie, south of what would become Highway 12.

In 1947, John Lawler purchased the more than 2,000-acre ranch and had the old house remodeled to reflect the Italianate style of the 1875s, similar to that of Mount Vernon. Lawler died in 1960, but his sons took turns living in the house until 1976 when home builders The Hofmann Company bought the ranch for development. Not wanting to destroy the home, Hofmann offered the house, including a small amount of money to renovate it, to Suisun City. The city passed on the deal. Once it was known that the building was unoccupied, vandals, souvenir hunters and began the systematic destruction of the old house.

In 1978, concerned citizens organized to save the house. Eventually, in June of 1979, the house was moved by barge to its current location on Main Street. A few years later, renovation of the house was complete, and small businesses took up residence in the new commercial property.

The Gallery sells local community art and gifts.


Business Days:
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Sunday