Jeannette Foote’s piano returns to North Star House in Grass Valley
A piano that once filled the North Star House with music has been returned to its historically recognized place in the community.
The 1898 Krakauer Brothers Cabinet Grand piano, one of the best built pianos of that era, has been donated to the North Star Historic Conservancy by the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The church, located in Grass Valley, has owned the instrument since 1968.
The piano had belonged to Jeannette Hooper Foote, Arthur Burling Foote’s wife. (A.B. Foote, the son of Arthur DeWint (A.D.) Foote, was also known as Sonny to his friends.) It is not certain when the piano was first brought to the North Star House.
Evelyn Foote, daughter of Jeannette and A.B., wrote about falling asleep upstairs listening to her mother playing this piano. After the death of Jeannette and the subsequent sale of the North Star House in 1968, the piano was given to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church by the family in accordance with Jeannette’s bequest.
The North Star House was designed by renowned architect, Julia Morgan, to act as the residence of the mine’s superintendent, A.D. Foote. The house was occupied by the family of A.D. and Mary Hallock Foote along with their children, A.B. Foote and Betty. In 1913, A.B. Foote married Jeannette Hooper and became the general manager of the North Star Mine. Jeannette and A.B. Foote purchased the North Star House in 1929 when the mine itself was sold. The North Star House was sold after the death of A.B. Foote (1964) and Jeannette Foote (1968).
The North Star House is owned and operated by the North Star Historic Conservancy. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, the North Star House is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California State Historic Buildings Register. It is located on a 14-acre site of spectacular Gold Country landscapes, a portion of the former North Star Mine.
The house and grounds are available for weddings and celebrations, music and theatrical productions, family gatherings, and meetings. More information is available at http://www.thenorthstarhouse.org.
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