The house at 1027 8th Street was built for the Las Vegas merchant Jake Stern of the Stern and Nahm Company. This dry goods company helped to introduce brickmaking and milled lumber to Las Vegas, materials used prominently in the construction of Stern’s house. The asymmetry, the generous veranda that wraps around to one side, and the corner turret all reflect the Shingle Style; according to Louise Ivers, the design recalls McKim, Mead and White’s Victor Newcomb House (1881) in Elberon, New Jersey. The large house sits in the middle of its oversized lot, with the standard setback of 40 feet but a frontage of 90 feet and a depth of approximately 210 feet that runs back to what were once extensive gardens behind the house and carriage house (garage).
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