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Old City Hall Renovation Project

Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane Buildings
Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane Buildings

You may have heard about the proposed new uses for two historic buildings on Main Street in downtown Placerville — Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane (also known as “Ketchup and Mustard”).

Arts and Culture El Dorado proposes to repurpose these beautiful civic treasures as cultural spaces for arts, performance, community resources, educational space, and many other possibilities that serve our community – both residents and visitors alike – while retaining their historic character, so important to Main Street and the history of Placerville.


  • Gallery and Performance Space
  • Arts Flex Space
  • Arts and Culture El Dorado Offices
  • Artist Studio Apartments


  • Preservation of historic elements of the buildings.
  • Relevant use as a vibrant presence that will enhance Downton and serve the Placerville community.
  • Sustainability in implementation, operations and maintenance.

Background of Project

In April 2017, Arts and Culture completed a Cultural Master Plan for El Dorado County. This plan contained 22 recommendations and proposed partnerships, resulting from an 18-month process that included review of 25 reports, maps, plans and other foundational documents, over 100 interviews, and extensive research into the cultural assets in El Dorado County. One recommendation from the Cultural Master Plan was to consider a potential Cultural District for downtown Placerville, and feasibility studies were undertaken.

The plans and operating program were developed after extensive architectural review, including structural, mechanical, plumbing and fire suppression, electrical and site design.

On September 24, 2019, the Placerville City Council approved Arts and Culture El Dorado’s proposed concept for Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane. A capital campaign will begin in early 2020 and funds will be secured to renovate these two historic building.

Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane Buildings

The ground floor of Confidence will become a dedicated gallery and performance space. A rotating exhibition series will celebrate the unique culture of El Dorado County. The space will also house small performances and pop-ups, talks, receptions, play readings, music events, and other community activities designed to enliven Downtown Placerville. The ground floor of Emigrant Jane will serve as offices for Arts and Culture El Dorado.

An Arts Flex Space will serve the community in a number of ways, both for arts and cultural groups but also other nonprofits and community groups. Activities will include workshops, classes, meetings, auditions, readings, book clubs, and many other possibilities.

The second floors of Confidence and Jane will become artist studio apartments. The rent from these apartments will create a revenue stream for building maintenance.