North Star could receive nat’l historic designation |

North Star could receive nat’l historic designation

The Union staff

Grass Valley’s North Star property could get national and state historic designation on Friday.

The California State Historical Resources Commission will consider 10 properties Friday in Sacramento, including the North Star House.

The commission included North Star because it was designed by architect Julia Morgan one year after starting her career, demonstrating a “sophisticated grasp of the First Bay Tradition,” according to the commission. Morgan went on to design Heart Castle in San Simeon, among other works.

Her local work became the home of A.D. Foote, chief engineer of the gold-producing North Star Mine from 1895 to 1913, making it significant to Grass Valley’s mining history.

Mary Hallock Foote, wife of A.D. Foote, also wrote serialized short stories and novels for Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s Monthly and Century Magazine while living at the house.

The commission meets at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Sacramento Municipal Utilities District headquarters, 6201 S St., Sacramento.

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