Nevada City Planning Commission to hear denial findings to remodel Marsh House |

Nevada City Planning Commission to hear denial findings to remodel Marsh House

The Martin Luther Marsh House, which stands at 254 Boulder St., was constructed in 1873 by one of the city’s founding families. Charlotte Dewar-Xu and her husband purchased the historical property 16 years ago.
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Nevada City’s Planning Commission has denied an application by the current owner of the Martin Luther Marsh House to remodel the front façade of a building on the property. Residents will find out why during a Thursday meeting.

Citing a conflict with the city design guidelines and the failure of the application to conform with the “Mother Lode era” style of Nevada City, commissioners made a motion of intent in September to deny the proposal by Charlotte Dewar-Xu to refurbish the front façade to an accessory building at 254 Boulder St.

During the same meeting, commissioners directed City Planner Amy Wolfson to prepare additional findings for the proposal. The findings will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting, which is slated to begin on 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Commissioners asked Dewar-Xu to revise the application when she came before the Planning Commission in July 2015. But when Dewar-Xu returned with a revised plan on Sept. 17, officials said her proposal still fell short of the style that is symbolic of the architecture in Nevada City.

“… the proposed remodel as revised similarly contained design details more Craftsman-style as opposed to Mother Lode in style to such an extent that it appears to be inconsistent and in conflict with the Mother-Lode style of the neighborhood in general and of the principal Marsh House in particular,” reads the city documents.

Dewar-Xu said she loves the building dearly and any physical alteration was borne out of a wish to save the building from dilapidation. She and her husband relocated to Nevada City from the Bay Area and had a hard time restoring the old house, she added.

“Whatever negative feelings, disappointments toward anything we have done, we have pure intentions to preserve and restore the Marsh House. The Marsh House is not the same as the 1960s,” Dewar-Xu told the Planning Commission in September.

The Martin Luther Marsh building was built in 1873 by one of the city’s founding families. Dewar-Xu and her husband purchased it 16 years ago.

In other business, commissioners will review an application to demolish a garage at 222 Reward St.

Commissioners will also go over proposals from two business owners to erect signs in front of their shops.

Click here for more information on Thursday’s meeting.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236 or email

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