Home of Lola Montez

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Home of Lola Montez
Home of Lola Montez front.jpg
Front facade, Lola Montez Home.
Location248 Mill Street
Grass Valley, California
Coordinates39°13′00″N 121°03′50″W / 39.21657°N 121.06401°W / 39.21657; -121.06401Coordinates: 39°13′00″N 121°03′50″W / 39.21657°N 121.06401°W / 39.21657; -121.06401
Designated20 July 1938
Reference no.292
Home of Lola Montez is located in California
Home of Lola Montez
Location of Home of Lola Montez in California
Home of Lola Montez is located in the United States
Home of Lola Montez
Home of Lola Montez (the United States)

The Home of Lola Montez is located in downtown Grass Valley, California at 248 Mill Street. Lola Montez, the internationally known singer and dancer, moved here in 1853, and this is the only home she ever owned.[1][2][3]


In November 1850, Grass Valley held its first election under an oak tree[4] on the site where the home was soon built. The following year, in 1851, a building was constructed on the property and used as an office for Gilmor Meredith's Gold Hill Mining Company. The building was used as a schoolhouse in 1852.

Montez moved to Grass Valley in 1853 and purchased the building for her home. She hosted parties in her salon, kept a pet bear, and mentored the young Lotta Crabtree whose home (later, a historical landmark) was on the same street.[5] Montez left Grass Valley in 1855. In subsequent years, the building was remodeled and by 1975, it was condemned.[4]

The current building is a replica of the one depicted in an 1854 sketch.[6] It houses the Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and a small museum.[4][7]

California Historical Landmark[edit]

This Nevada County building is California Historical Landmark No. 292. It was registered on 20 July,1938.[8]

See also[edit]


Side view of historic house museum.
  1. ^ "NO. 292 HOME OF LOLA MONTEZ". ceres.ca.gov. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  2. ^ "NO. 292 HOME OF LOLA MONTEZ". parks.ca.gov. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  3. ^ "Lola Montez". sierranevadavirtualmuseum.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  4. ^ a b c "Lola Montez House". u-s-history.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  5. ^ Hoover, M.B.; Kyle, D.E.; Rensch, E.G. (2002). Historic spots in California: Fifth Edition. Stanford University Press. p. 257. ISBN 0-8047-4483-1.
  6. ^ "The Lola Montez House". malakoff.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  7. ^ "Lola Montez Home". museumsusa.org. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  8. ^ "Home of Lola Montez". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-10.

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