The Historic Swan
Levine House in Grass Valley, California
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.
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
The inn keepers, Howard and Margaret (Peggy) have degrees in Fine
Art Printmaking. Howard teaches drawing and printmaking locally for
Sierra College, and is the Executive Director of the Grass Valley
Downtown Association. Both are active in the community and serve on
local arts boards.
The Rooms of the Swan Levine House
The Swan Levine House has four guest rooms; all have private baths
with claw foot tub shower combinations. The Hospital’s Room 1 was
the original master bedroom in the house. It is now a suite with a
large bedroom with queen bed, separate sitting room with a
fireplace. The Surgery has a king-size bed that can be made-up as
two twins, octagonal white floor tiles, lots of windows and the
bathroom retains the antique scrub-up sinks. The Green Room is also
a two-room suite, with a queen canopy bed.
The Apartment is a 1930’s addition by the hospital. It has its own
exterior and interior entrance, deck, kitchenette, queen and two
single beds. Its décor is appropriate to its place in history. The
Printmaking Studio is also available for artists and for those just
interested in the medium.
Swan Levine House is a short walk from downtown Grass Valley, which
has unique retail shops, cultural events, restaurants, and the
historic art deco Del Oro movie theatre.
THE SWAN LEVINE HOUSE
328 So. Church Street
Grass Valley, California 95945
Phone: (530) 272-1873