The North Star House and its historic grounds may be the most unique facility for meetings, weddings, parties, retreats and small conferences and banquets in California. Located in the heart of Gold Country, the historic North Star House can accommodate groups from 20 to 325 people. Filled with historical details, the North Star House is a unique setting for any type of event.
You can say “I do” under the pergola in the courtyard, in the spacious living room, or on the lawn, with the house and veranda as a backdrop. The interior features hardwood floors, an elegant dining room, catering kitchen, two restrooms, and state-or-the-art lighting. Your guests will be able to explore the mansion and historic grounds for an experience they will never forget.
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Some Quick Facts
Capacity: From 20- 325 guests
Ceremony/Reception/Meetings: Courtyard, house / veranda or lawn areas
Access/Parking: Close to Highway 20/49, a few minutes from the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City, with a variety of lodging, restaurants, wineries, entertainment, and shops.
Historical: A 1905 mansion designed by famed architect Julia Morgan in the Arts and Craftsman style. Listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings.
Grounds/Landscaping: Landscaping of horticultural value and historical interest found on 14 acres, with numerous plantings linked to Luther Burbank and Felix Gillet.
Venue Flexibility: Seating and stage configuration can be adjusted to your needs. Indoor and / or outdoor events. Separate areas for dancing, dining and cocktail hour.
Views: Rolling meadows, pines and oaks.
Photographs: Picturesque photo opportunities throughout the House and grounds.
Vendors: There are several local vendors who can help you make your event a special occasion.
Types of Events at the North Star House
Anniversary or birthday parties, banquets, classes and educational presentations, conferences, dances, family reunions, meetings, performances, and weddings.
The North Star House has a dining room table that seats 10. Living room and Library furniture can be move to accommodate an additional 20-30 guests. There are four 8’ rectangular tables inside plus various smaller tables and desk surfaces. There are approximately 50 interior chairs which can be used for meetings, receptions or smaller events. The veranda has 6 round tables with available umbrellas, and 50 plastic chairs, which, with approval, can be moved and used elsewhere on the site.
There is exterior lighting at the second floor level on all sides. There are three exterior outlets on the first floor. The ground floor rooms have overhead lighting and a few outlets. There is one electrical stand on the grounds and power is also available from the restroom complex. The courtyard also has a number of benches and trash cans.
Equipment for rent includes a stage and seven banquet tables. The stage consists of ten modular platforms sized at 4’ wide X 10.5 long with an 18” height. The stage can easily be set up on level surfaces in different configurations.
At the time of booking your event, we will provide you with a list of local vendors who are familiar with the North Star House and have serviced past events on the property. This list is provided as a courtesy.
Walking horticultural tours of the North Star grounds take place periodically. A horticultural tour or a non-walking lecture and slide show can be arranged for your group or special event.
North Star House Landscaping
Over 100 historic plant specimens have been identified and are being preserved on the 14 acre NSHC property. These deciduous trees, fruit and nut trees, shrubs and roses were planted in a Victorian/Edwardian period landscape designed and developed by AD Foote, who was a horticulturalist as well as a mining engineer.
In the Edwardian style of gardening, starting in 1903, inspiration is taken from nature in the form of woodland planting schemes as seen on the north side of the house. Herbaceous flower gardens, pergolas, paths, lawns and ponds were highlighted. The Victorian style, started in 1850, featured a more formal landscape.
Research has confirmed that our Colossal chestnut tree is a variety sold by Barren Hill Nursery of Nevada City, owned by Felix Gillet from the 1870s to the 1920s. Two of our heritage roses, Baronne Provost and Catherine Mermet, are listed in his early 1900s catalogs.
It is known that AD Foote, who himself was a hybridizer, was in correspondence with Luther Burbank. A Foote great granddaughter has said that AD purchased many of Burbank’s hybrids. The thornless blackberry still growing on the property is the Burbank hybrid “Sebastopol” developed by Burbank in 1920.
A team of dedicated volunteers works weekly on the property to maintain these plants.