The vision of transforming the North Star House into a cultural event center and museum open to the community is now a reality. The North Star Historic Conservancy is pleased to announce that the North Star House is now open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 1 pm, and every Saturday, May through September, 9am until noon.
Come view this iconic landmark with your friends, family, or business associates.
During the “open house” hours, history docents will be on hand to give informal tours and answer questions about the North Star House, its nationally known architect, Julia Morgan, and its first inhabitants, mining engineer, Arthur DeWint Foote and author and artist, Mary Hallock Foote.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the construction crew will also be available to explain the renovation plans and process.
The North Star House served as the social headquarters of the North Star Mine, and was where the public and investors were invited to meet and greet. This special example of California Craftsman Style architecture is on the National and the California State Historic Buildings Registers.
Visitors are welcome to sign the Guest Book and to learn about becoming a Volunteer. Students of all ages are welcome!
TPlease contact us at 530-477-7126 to make a reservation. Tickets are also available at the door.
North Star House Docents tell our story to the visiting public. We are the voice of the Foote Family, Julia Morgan and the North Star Historic Conservancy.
The North Star House docents are trained volunteers who act as a knowledgeable visitors’ guide to further the public understanding of the North Star Historic Conservancy, the Julia Morgan designed North Star House and the surrounding property.
Docents greet visitors and provide an informal tour of the house answering questions about the house, the Foote family and the North Star Historic Conservancy. They serve a 3 hour Saturday morning shift once a month from April through October. Docents also have the opportunity to volunteer for NSHC events and specially arranged tours of the house. We are a friendly group who have several social events during the year.
Please contact us if you would like to find out more about this volunteer opportunity.
If you love history and architecture, this is a job for you.
The vision of transforming the North Star House into a cultural event center and museum open to the community is now a reality. The North Star Historic Conservancy is pleased to announce that the North Star House is now open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 1 pm, and the first Saturday of the month May through October, from 9am until noon.
During these “open house” hours, history docents will be on hand to either give informal tours or answer questions about the North Star House, its nationally known architect, Julia Morgan, and its first inhabitants, Arthur DeWint and Mary Hallock Foote.
Come view this iconic landmark with your friends, family or business associates. Children and students are welcome! Learn about famed architect Julia Morgan and its construction in 1905 for the owners of the North Star Mine. The North Star House served as the social headquarters of the North Star Mine, and was where the public and investors were invited to meet and greet. This special example of California Craftsman Style architecture is on the National and the California State Historic Buildings Registers.
Through the efforts and vision of countless volunteers and leaders of our community, this 10,000 square foot building stands today, very much intact. You can also view the current restoration efforts and the next steps in renovating the 2nd floor into an art gallery and museum. The North Star House is managed and operated by the North Star Historic Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The North Star House and historic grounds are available to rent for weddings, events, meetings or parties. The open house would be an ideal time to tour the site and see how the House might work well for you to create a little history of your own, by holding an unforgettable event at the North Star. Questions can be directed to our office at 530-477-7126 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for volunteers interested in assisting with property improvement projects on the 14-acre North Star House grounds.
If you have experience with general construction methods such as basic carpentry, concrete work, irrigation systems, building maintenance, or general site improvements we could use your help.
Please contact us at email@example.com or 530-477-7126.
The NSHC presents a series of educational events every year. As we make plans for our 2019 Educational Series, we are looking for people interested in lending a hand with coordinating presentations. This may include setup, submitting publicity to media outlets, greeting attendees, and generally ensuring the event goes smoothly.
Please contact Event Chair Betzi Hart for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-477-7126.
NSHC is looking for a volunteer interested in coordinating property improvement projects on the 14-acre North Star House grounds.
Qualifications- Experience with general construction methods involving basic carpentry, concrete work, irrigation systems, building maintenance, driveway maintenance and general site improvements. A background in landscape or building contracting is important.
Experience: Able to visualize projects and solutions, assist with construction budgeting, organize work schedules, order materials, coordinate and encourage volunteers.
Please use this contact form or call 530-477-7126 to leave a message for David Wright.
The North Star Historic Conservancy Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of a new project to honor the legacy of past Board member and House Ambassador, Peggy Levine. The Board has dedicated a key portion of the 2nd floor of the North Star House to be restored and used as “The M. W. Swan Levine Gallery”.
Her vision was that a large room and central hallway on the 2nd floor of the historic North Star House be devoted to display the work of highly talented, Nevada County resident artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Gallery, named in Peggy’s honor, would also host a number of exhibitions, programs and events. As a venue tied to the North Star House, the Gallery will bring the public closer to the wonderful world and History of Nevada County art; one of Peggy’s many goals in her life. Our vision and hope is it would further cultivate our vibrant arts environment and preserve the community’s artistic heritage.
To achieve this vision, the Board and the Levine family will need your help. In order to open the M. W. Swan Levine Gallery on the 2nd floor, a number of improvements will need to be made to The North Star House. Though great strides have been made on the lower floor to open it for public use, the 2nd floor is largely unfinished. To allow public access to the 2nd floor, such items as fire sprinklers, an elevator and utility upgrades will be necessary.
The restoration of the 2nd floor and the opening of the Gallery can be done with your help. Peggy was always one to push us to new heights, so our Board and the Levine Family are asking those who admired this incredible lady to help us in this task. With community support, this Gallery will open its doors!
If you wish to donate or support the creation of “The M. W. Swan Levine Gallery”, please send any donations or offers of support to: The North Star Historic Conservancy, c/o The Peggy Levine Gallery Fund, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949. Questions on this project can be sent to our email email@example.com or phone (530-477-7126)