National Register of Historic Places in Trinity County

National Register #71000209: Weaverville Historic District The Trinity County Courthouse is a fine example of the Italianate architectural style.
16 July 2007
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National Register #71000209
Weaverville Historic District
Main Street
Weaverville
Founded 1850

The Weaverville Historic District contains thirty-one contributing buildings on Main Street.

Weaverville is one of the best preserved towns of the Shasta-Trinity Gold Rush era. As a commercial hub, Weaverville supplied food, tools, equipment and clothing to thousands of prospectors and miners over a large section of Northern California.

Named for John Weaver in 1850, the camp of Fortyniners was the political as well as the commercial and entertainment center of Trinity County.

Early wood buildings lost in a series of disastrous fires were replaced with brick construction. By 1858 there were about twenty-five brick buildings along Main Street. Several of these buildings have an unusual circular iron stairway leading from the sidewalk to the second floor because the upper and lower stories had different owners.

A large and active Chinese population centered in a two block area where the Weaverville Joss House is located.

The thirty-one buildings which contribute to the historic district include examples of most of the architectural styles common to the Northern California gold mining towns of the 19th century. Wood two-story residences, wooden church, brick single and two story commercial building and lodge halls, a Chinese tamped earth structure, and the frame and brick Chinese temple.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Whitmore House1899Building 1Built after the disastrous fire of 1890B01Whitmore House
Congregational Church1891Building 2The previous church, built in 1880, was destroyed in the 1890 fire except for doors, windows and furniture which were salvaged for this church.B02Congregational Church
Highlands Art Center1890Building 3Residence built in the 1890's.B03Highlands Art Center
McDonald-Files Chapel1860Building 4B04McDonald-Files Chapel
Brewery1855Building 5B05Brewery
Larkin's Store, Moon Lee's Store, Old Fire House1860Building 6A group of five buildings, remodeled for commercial use.B06Larkin's Store, Moon Lee's Store, Old Fire House
Comstock & Martin Building1856Building 7B07Comstock & Martin Building
Blacksmith Shop1856Building 8Modernized fa├žade.B08Blacksmith Shop
New York Hotel1859Building 9B09New York Hotel
Edgecombe and Magnolia Buildings1856Building 10B10Edgecombe and Magnolia Buildings
Anderson Building1855Building 11Originally it was the Davidson and Harris DrugstoreB11Anderson Building
Clifford Building (Native Sons Hall)1855Building 12One of the first condominiums in California with each floor having a different owner.B12Clifford Building (Native Sons Hall)
Hocker Store1855Building 13B13Hocker Store
Weaverville Hotel1860Building 14Built as the "Miner's Hotel," its name was later changed to "Empire Hotel." In 1915, after the top floor of the building was destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt and rechristened the Weaverville Hotel.B14Weaverville Hotel
Bandstand1902Building 15B15Bandstand
Trinity County Courthouse1856Building 16Prior to being purchased by the county in1865, this building had several commercial uses including a period as a saloon,B16Trinity County Courthouse
J.S. McCain and Gettleson & Company1854Building 17The two buildings were combined and operated as Morris Hardware.B17J.S. McCain and Gettleson & Company
D.M. Eder and Rhodes & Company1854Building 18The Eder Building was the first brick building in Weaverville. Later, it was combined with the Rhodes Building to create the store "Van Matre's."B18D.M. Eder and Rhodes & Company
Tinnin Building1856Building 19Originally a hardware store and tin shop.B19Tinnin Building
John Cole Building1856Building 20An early condominium.B20John Cole Building
R.A. Fagg Building1856Building 21Originally the "City Drug Company."B21R.A. Fagg Building
A. Solomon Building1856Building 22Originally a stove and tin ware store. After 1858, occupied by various banks.B22A. Solomon Building
F.W. Blake Building1856Building 23Originally housed the F.W. Blake Bank and the Wells-Fargo Express.B23F.W. Blake Building
Joss House1850Building 24B24Joss House
J.J. "Jake" Jackson Memorial Museum and Trinity County Historical ParkBuilding 25B25J.J. "Jake" Jackson Memorial Museum and Trinity County Historical Park
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