NC looking into new windows at Foundry |

NC looking into new windows at Foundry

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, one of Nevada City’s oldest buildings, could soon sport new windows – if the city’s Planning Commission goes along with the plans.

The Foundry board of directors wants to replace an 11-foot-tall window installed in 1974 with six smaller, matching windows.

The windows would lead into a new conference room on the ground floor and administrative offices above it, Foundry Executive Director Ellen Davis said this week. If the new windows aren’t approved, some of the remodeled areas would be windowless.

The Planning Commissioners first considered the Foundry’s plans Jan. 24, but postponed a decision to further study the plans.

To that end, a workshop open to the general public has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Foundry.

The commissioners could make a decision Thursday at the commission’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The goal of the workshop is to come up with a design the Planning Commissioners feel will have historical integrity, City Planner Paul Cogley said this week.

Davis said she was very surprised the commission did not approve the plans Jan. 24.

“I thought once they understood what we’re trying to do, I didn’t think there would be that much trouble,” she said.

She does understand that the commissioners want to maintain the historical atmosphere in Nevada City, she added. But historical sketches of the building may not be accurate, she said, pointing to a copy of a sketch from the 1870s.

The remodeling project also entails the installation of nine new bathrooms, Davis said. The project’s exact costs have not yet been determined, she said, adding that additional fund-raisers are planned.

The Foundry has set aside about $100,000 for the project, she said. That includes a $50,000 state grant.

Miners Foundry was built over a period of years – from 1859 to 1900 – and is listed as a contributor to Nevada City’s Historical District’s designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday’s tour will start at 1 p.m. at the Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. For information on the architectural review public workshop, call 265-2496.

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