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c. 1914, many alterations. Alley at the end of Baud St.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

The brothels in Winnemucca are not significant in terms of architectural style, but they are important as a building type in Nevada—one and two-story wood-frame buildings with little decoration. Like the brothels in Wells, Winnemucca's are tucked away, their backs turned to town. In 1914 the city moved them from a location on East 2nd Street because a new ordinance required brothels to be a certain distance from schools and churches. With the construction of I-80 adjacent to the buildings, the brothels could advertise directly to passing motorists. At night, the lights of My Place, Simone de Paris, Villa Joy, and Penny's Cozy Corner can be seen clearly from the highway. These four brothels stand in a row, leading to a large parking area for trucks.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Brothels", [Winnemucca, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 141-142.

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