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Main House

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1864, 1940, 1955

This two-and-one-half-story, wood-frame structure is a rare extant example of the Greek Revival in Nevada. At the time the house was constructed, many contemporary ranchers used Greek Revival elements for their houses, creating a simplified, frontier version of the style. The side-facing gables with enclosed pediments, symmetrical facade, and front entrance with narrow side lights and transom all reflect a vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival. The owners have altered the house over the years. A square porch stands where a three-quarter-length porch once covered the main facade. In 1955 they combined twelve of the fourteen small rooms on the second floor that served as lodgings when the house functioned as a stage stop. The house stands in an enclosed yard shaded by mature trees facing the old Virginia Road and the freeway beyond.

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Author: 
Julie Nicoletta
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Julie Nicoletta, "Main House", [Reno, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/NV-01-NW032.1.

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 80-80.

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