Powell House in Nevada City completed — a tribute to local craftspeople

Here’s the “scoop” on Powell House in Nevada City that I’ve been waiting to tell you all about. Judith promised to keep me in the loop:


Just wanted to let you know that during a weekend of numerous activities, we held our first formal event at the newly completed Powell House.
After two years of hard work, and having passed final inspection on the house last week, we felt it was time to celebrate with the Powell crew.
I am enclosing a couple of photos of the main floor where, we hosted a reception for the many dedicated, talented, local craftspeople who helped bring this vision to its completion.
We cannot say enough about the importance of putting the best hometown people you have on a project like this. With them on board, the Powell restoration became a labor of love and a truly lasting legacy for all involved.
Their pride really shows in the beauty and integrity of the building.
This project has been a great experience.

Judith Lowry-Croul

Here are some photos (the bat light photo is cool):

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12 thoughts on “Powell House in Nevada City completed — a tribute to local craftspeople”

  1. The five apartments have attracted a lot of potential tenants.
    The main floor will be used for events for now.
    It is ideal for receptions, small weddings, conferences etc.
    Event planner Lindy Schasiepen designed the reception for about 80 people and it worked very well, with some room to spare.
    Later it may become a retail space.
    It is important to put the right business in that location, so it will take some time to carefully think it over.

  2. Judith…It’s absolutely beautiful. I can imagine all the hard work and expense that went into this marvelous project. You’re a very talented lady. Hope all works out well for you. It’s a plus for Nevada City.

  3. Thank you Bonnie, but the main credit goes to my husband Brad Croul and the Powell team for giving the house a new life.
    We are fortunate to have so many charming old buildings in our town. Just like elderly people, they all need love and care.

  4. Judith and Brad have done a real service for Nevada City with the top notch restoration of the Powell House. My compliments to both of you and the ‘Powell Team’. I recently photographed the exterior to add to my portfolio (http://smu.gs/vuvR2F). If the tree out back gets some good autumn color, I’ll return with camera in hand!

  5. Correction on the Union article:
    The apartments do not have conventional washers and dryers.
    Space saving was key on this project, so the apartments will be outfitted with single-unit washer/dryers.
    It’s one little machine that both washes and dries.
    They will be good for lighter laundry loads like clothing, (not blankets and sleeping bags).
    The idea being, that the tenants won’t be needing to go to the laundromats as often.
    At the moment we are working with the city in hopes of hosting the Grass Valley Male Choir for Victorian Christmas recitals on the main floor.
    Since the building was once a church, that seems a very appropriate use.
    We’ll keep you posted.

  6. Judith, I am Project assistant with Northern California Abuse Treatment in Grass Valley–we are an established non-profit and are looking for a venue for a fundraising-poetry reading on April 27th, Sat. evening between 6:30-10:30. I have been unable to find a contact number to speak with someone regarding the Powell House as a potential venue. My contact number is 477-7016 or my e-mail is cheryl345@omsoft.com
    I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convience.
    Thank you

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