Downtown Grass Valley Ornament - Episcopal Church (2015)
This unique collection of Christmas ornaments celebrates the spirit of Downtown Grass Valley through its architecture! A new ornament is released every year in the fall, just in time for the holidays. This fun tradition began in 2004 when Howard Levine and the Downtown Grass Valley Association found an ornament manufacturer that specialized in custom made ornaments. Though the manufacturers have changed throughout the years, the tradition has not.
All the ornaments are made of brass, and with the exception of the Ore Cart and the Stamp Mill, the ornaments are colored with enamel, and come in a presentation box.
The Episcopal Church ornament was introduced for fall 2015. Built in 1858 in the "Carpenter Gothic Style" the Episcopal Church is famous for its "...verticality. Inside, the building features a long narrow nave, taller than it is wide; a ribbed-vault ceiling; pointed arches and pointed windows. Outside there’s a gabled roof line; vertical buttresses; small, decorative spirals; and high crosses.
Every detail of the design reaches toward a higher plane. The windows, especially the altar window in front and the rose window at the rear, channel light from above. In an impermanent Gold Rush-era camp, the church expressed a longing for permanent things. The result is a uniquely American structure which evokes another time and place. "
The complete list of ornaments:
2004 : Holbrooke Hotel (sold out)
2005: Del Oro Movie Theater (sold out)
2006: Grass Valley Library Royce Branch
2007: Old Post Office
2008: Nevada County Bank (sold out)
2009: Foothill Flowers (sold out)
2010: Foothill Mercantile (sold out)
2011: The Union Square Building (sold out)
2012: Clock Tower (sold out)
2013: The Stamp Mill
2014: Ore Car
2015: Episcopal Church
2016: Elks Lodge
2018: Tess'/Mill St Clothing Co.
2019: Heart & Home
2020: Yuba Blue
2021: Center for the Arts
2022: Holbrooke Hotel (Restoration)