Swan Levine House History
The Swan Levine House plays significantly into the history of Nevada County. It was built in 1867 by John and Catherine Fahey, who were partners in the Alison Ranch Mine. They sold it to William Campbell, a local merchant who made his fortune selling mining equipment.
Campbell remodeled the house in 1895 after a fire to its present Queen Anne style. After his death, the house was acquired by brothers, Doctors Carl and John Jones, they opened it as a hospital and named it after their father, Dr. W.C. Jones.
The inn keepers, Howard and Margaret (Peggy) had degrees in Fine Art Printmaking. Howard retired from teaching drawing and printmaking locally for Sierra College.
Howard Levine and Margaret Warner Swan purchased the the house after the hospital closed; renovating it as a guest house with a focus on their interest in visual arts and printmaking. The fine art of Printmaking is illustrated by their extensive collection of art throughout the house.
The Levine's renovating the house as a guest house to run print workshops with a focus on their interest in visual arts and printmaking. The fine art of Printmaking is illustrated by their extensive collection of art throughout the house. The Printmaking studio is still operated and can be used for artist-led workshops as well as general tours.
The Swan Levine House reflects an era when the Grass Valley was rich with several gold mining operations including the Empire Mine, North Star, Idaho-Maryland, and the 16 to One up in Allegheny. The Miner's Foundry Event space in Nevada City was once a significant player in the building of mining equipment, including the numerous 'Pelton Wheels' you will see all around the County.
Today, Grass Valley has become a destination for those seeking out historical adventures, weddings, as well as dozens of hiking trails and outdoor explorations. It has become a wine making and farming region as the Farm to Table trend has developed into every day dining with restaurants offering many Cuisines and locally sourced raw products to use on their menus. Situated blocks from the downtown shopping district, the Swan Levine House is a perfect place to enjoy the Sierra Foothills communities.