The North Star House

A Historic Julia Morgan Home
from the California Gold Mining Era

The North Star House is a 10,000 square-foot home designed in 1905 by the renowned architect Julia Morgan. Morgan graduated from L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts (Paris) in 1902. She was the first woman to be admitted and earn a degree in architecture. Morgan was also California’s first licensed female architect.

Built in the Arts & Crafts style, the North Star House is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California State Historic Buildings Register. It is located on a 14-acre portion of the former North Star Mine, a site of spectacular Gold Country landscapes.  The North Star House is owned and operated by the North Star Historic Conservancy (NSHC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The North Star House was built by mine owner James Hague to be a meeting place and social center for eastern investors, other mine owners and managers, visitors from San Francisco, and local gentry. It is the Vision of NSHC to restore the unique rural roots of Julia Morgan’s North Star House as a center for exchanging ideas, nurturing the arts and fostering learning.

The Conservancy’s Mission is to restore and sustain the historic North Star House through partnerships with volunteers, community organizations, government entities and businesses.  NSHC will continue to maintain the property as well as offer tours, community events, educational activities, and the arts. An art gallery is under construction on the second floor. The Conservancy is committed to preserving and presenting the history of the House and the important people associated with it.

The North Star House is a wonderful venue for both outdoor and indoor events, weddings, meetings, performances, and other gatherings. The historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are located within a few miles of the home.

We invite you to join us at this historic home,
designed by acclaimed architect
Julia Morgan.

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