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Nevada City Bell Tower Restoration Project Underway

The bell tower, facade and balcony of the Fire House at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City is getting a face lift just in time for the holiday season. Nevada City engineer Bill Falconi says the 1861 brick structure is solid and the just over $8000 dollar project is mostly cosmetic.

“It’s an unreinforced building that was built in 1861. It’s got a pretty stout structural roof on it. It’s mainly cosmetic work, but the bell tower was in really bad shape.”

Falconi says the restoration work is being done by MacKenzie construction, with city funds paying to maintain the historic building. The firehouse, still houses an engine in the lower portion while the upstairs is leased as a residence.

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