BREAKING NEWS – Rebuilding historic building may take $1.7 million
Rebuilding the historic building that housed Nevada City’s live music hub until an early Wednesday morning blaze destroyed it may take the entire amount it’s insured for – $1.7 million.
Ken Baker has owned the building approximately four years and said he will rebuild the building at the corner of North Pine and Commercial streets as soon as possible.
“We would hope the city would recognize what an important part of the community the businesses are and would be 100 percent cooperative,” Baker said about the jurisdiction that has been notably finicky about any type of construction.
Baker said he planned to try to meet with city council members and planning commissioners as soon as possible to see how quickly builders can go through the demolition process and start construction.
The lower story of the building, composed of three one-story brick buildings and a storage shed dated from the early 1860s, housed local live music hub Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar at 111 N. Pine St. and The Herb Shop, at 107 N. Pine St. next door. Friar Tuck’s took out a business license in October 1974.
In 1912, local architect J. H Rogers designed the upper floor to be the Elks Lodge. The new Elks Lodge is off Highway 49 in Nevada City, Bob Wyckoff, Nevada City’s historic preservation officer, said.
Nevada County’s Probation Department, at 109 1/2 N. Pine St., was upstairs.
Baker of Nevada City Engineering owns the building with Kay Baker and Gary and Patricia Tintle.
The assessed value of the building on the Nevada County 2001-02 tax rolls is $1,024,896 of the 18,398-square-foot, two-unit, two-story building on .21 acres.
The second story is built of reinforced concrete with a flat roof and the entire Pine Street facade is faced with buff brick, historic descriptions of the building say.
Stedger Automotive was the first business in the building, Wyckoff said.
The building formerly housed the Berliner and McGinnis graphic arts printing company, Wyckoff said.
The late Charlie Albert, who founded the Nevada City Father’s Day bicycle race in Nevada City in 1961, worked there as a typographer.Baker said he was thankful there was no loss of life and believed the joint effort of the fire departments kept the fire from spreading to other structures in the historic Gold rush-era downtown.
Baker said at 11 a.m. that he had heard no report as to the cause of the fire.
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