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Foundry windows rejected yet again

Efforts to build new windows on the facade of a Nevada City landmark appear to be faltering.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s representatives on Thursday were told their latest proposal – a sketch showing a large window, two side windows and a smaller window right under the roof – could not be considered.



The Nevada City Planning Commission voted unanimously to have two members of the commission further discuss the project with representatives of the nonprofit organization.




A plan was approved in March, the commissioners told Norm Westmore, Miners Foundry president.

On March 14, the commission unanimously voted for a plan that shows a large window and two side windows – as long as they match those depicted on a sketch published in 1880 in Thompson and West’s “History of Nevada County.”

The problem, architect Brent Daggett told the commission, is that the Thompson and West sketch is out of scale. “The sketch is not really a historical representation of what was there,” he said.

“They’ve asked us to do the impossible,” Daggett said after the vote.

Westmore said the nonprofit will probably not sue the city. “It takes a lot of money and time,” he said.

The organization wants to replace an 11-foot-tall window installed in 1974. The group wants the new windows built to accommodate a new office and conference/multipurpose room.

In another matter, Laurie Oberholtzer was appointed chairwoman of the commission, and Harry Stewart was named vice chairman. The commission also includes Ruth Poulter, Victor Prussack and newly appointed Evans Phelps.


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