By the early 1900’s, the North Star Mine had become one of the most profitable gold mines in California. Owner James Hague hired architect Julia Morgan to design an 11,000-foot multi-function mansion to serve as a business meeting place for the mine business, a home for the family of mine superintendent Arthur D. Foote, and an office for Arthur’s wife, writer/illustrator Mary Hallock Foote. Children and grandchildren called it home.
The mines shut down, the Foote descendants departed, and the home sat vacant for over 20 years. The beautiful Arts & Crafts building was relentlessly vandalized and near collapse when it was saved by locals who recognized the home’s historical value.
Today, the house is being meticulously (and lovingly) restored, using architectural drawings, photographs, and talented volunteers to return the property to its original design and elegance. It is once again a multi-purpose building, offering educational presentations and docent-led tours, varied activities for public entertainment, and the opportunity to rent this special home and/or grounds for your own private parties, weddings or meetings.
The North Star House is owned and operated by the North Star Historic Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Mission is to restore and sustain the North Star House and grounds as a benefit to the community and a tribute to renowned architect Julia Morgan. You can support our effort through donations, memberships, or volunteering.
We invite you to join us and enjoy the ambience at this treasure of our gold country heritage.