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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. June 20, 2018 – 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 at 12075 Auburn Road will have set hours in which it will be open to the public. Beginning Monday, June 25 and each Monday thereafter, the North Star House at 12075 Auburn Road will open its doors between the hours of 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 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.

Previously, the North Star House and historic grounds were only open to the public on Saturday mornings during the seasonal Grower’s Market. The North Star Historic Conservancy wanted to expand the time visitors could view the House, and also offer an opportunity when your service or book club, for example, might enjoy bringing a bag lunch to eat on the terrace and learn about the North Star.

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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.

You may be aware that the the North Star House and historic grounds are available to rent for 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 thenorthstarhouse@gmail.com.