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An aerial shot of Nevada City after the March 20 fire.
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Nevada City’s Planning Commission will get its first look tonight at a proposal to replace the Elks Building at the corner of North Pine and Commercial streets.

The new 18,500-square-foot building will have the same footprint as the historic structure destroyed by a blaze March 20.



The two-story building housed Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar, the Herb Shop and Herb Shop Records and Deli, the Nevada County Probation Department, the county’s Victim/Witness Program, and Off Broadstreet theater.




The challenge, said the architect hired to design the building, is to resurrect the beloved historic building.

“That’s a really tough task,” said architect Bruce Boyd, who works out of North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Tyler Foote Road. “It’s a new building.”

Gary Tintle, one of the property owners, said the new building will be all brick and – unlike the old structure – the bricks will not be painted. The brick wall facing Commercial Street will not be covered with stucco, Boyd and Tintle said.

Having the bricks exposed “looks better,” said Tintle, whose company, Tintle Inc. of Nevada City, will do the construction.

Tintle’s company will design the interiors of the Herb Shop, the county offices and the theater, he said.

The building will meet all building and safety codes and will have a sprinkler system for fire protection, Boyd said. Historic buildings, like the old Elks Building, are usually exempt from the latest state building and fire codes.

Brent Daggett of Nevada City will design the interior of the new Friar Tuck’s.

The bar and the restaurant may be slightly larger, in part because there are areas in the back that can be utilized, Daggett said.

The restaurant design needs to be completed before the floor slabs are poured to accommodate the underground plumbing, he said.

During the demolition, two old cast-iron pilasters were discovered buried inside a rear wall near the theater.

The pilasters will be used to flank the main entrance, Boyd said.

Conley Weaver, an architect and city councilman, serves as the liaison between city officials and the property owners. He said Wednesday the owners have done a “splendid” job sticking to the original design.

Know and Go

WHAT: Nevada City Planning Commission

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Broad St.

INFORMATION: 265-2496


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