North Star project receives funds |

North Star project receives funds

Dave Moller

The North Star House restoration project got $50,000 in architectural planning funds from the county supervisors Tuesday, keeping the momentum going for the Nevada County Land Trust.

Land trust President Rich Johansen said volunteers have made great progress on what is also known as the Julia Morgan House. Morgan, one of the state’s most acclaimed architects, designed the Grass Valley home in 1904 for the superintendent of the old North Star Mine.

Morgan was California’s first female architect and designed the famous Hearst Castle at San Simeon and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Restoring the home on the North Star property would be a boon to local coffers, Johansen said.

“This will be a regional draw for tourists,” Johansen said. “It makes economic sense.”

Johansen said the money would be used for architectural drawings, “the pivotal next step to restore the North Star, and we’re right on schedule to achieve this. … There’s a lot of great projects in Nevada County and a distinct lack of money.” Also receiving state parks and recreation funds allocations from the board were:

• Bear River Recreation and Park District, $70,000 with the provision that $50,000 go to synthetic turf for the Bear River High School football field.

• Western Gateway Recreation and Park District, $70,000 with $30,000 earmarked for the rodeo grounds in Penn Valley.

• City of Grass Valley, $105,000 for the sidewalk to run in front of Mautino Park, which is currently under construction.

• North San Juan area, $217,000 for park land acquisition.

• Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, $65,000 for Truckee River Legacy Project.

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