This is our first “Open House” since the pandemic. We are happy to be welcoming the public back and we look forward to seeing you.
The North Star House was the meeting place for investors and visiting dignitaries for one of the richest gold mines in California — the North Star Mine in Grass Valley. The 10,000 square foot house was built in 1905 by renowned architect Julia Morgan. It is a classic Arts & Crafts style home, sitting on 14 acres that was part of the mine property. It is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California State Historic Buildings Register.
If you are familiar with the House, come see the improvements we’ve made since March, 2020. With all activities at the house cancelled, a scaled-back volunteer construction team was able to work in separate rooms (very socially-distanced) and continue with the renovation.
If you have not yet visited the North Star House, please join us. Learn about this part of our region’s gold mining heritage, and about the work we are doing to restore the house and grounds as a historic resource for the benefit of the community.
Docents will be in the House and in the Heritage Garden to answer questions. There will be some tables set up where you can relax and listen to the band play. There will also be a no-host bar plus some light food and sodas available for purchase … plus Lazy Dog ice cream.
The North Star House is now owned and operated by the North Star Historic Conservancy. It sat vacant for over 20 years, suffering severe damage from vandalism and the weather. Concerned citizens, recognizing the importance of preserving this historic house, acquired ownership. The Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The restoration relies heavily upon donations, contributions of local service organizations, and a very talented, dedicated volunteer force.
Our Vision Statement: 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 house and grounds are available as a venue for weddings and celebrations, music and theatrical productions, family gatherings, and meetings. More information is available on our website, www.thenorthstarhouse.org.
Saturday, July 10, 5-7pm
12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley
(1 mile south of Fairground)