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Glendale School

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1864. South side of Victorian Ave. (B St.) near Pyramid Way
  • Glendale School (Bret Morgan)

Believed to be the oldest intact school in the state, the small wood-frame Glendale School has endured two moves during its history. The settlement of Glendale stood along the Truckee River at a crossing in what is now east Sparks. The building functioned as a one-room school until 1958. Over the years, the town added a gabled entrance to the facade and replaced the open belfry with an enclosed, vented cupola. In 1976 the building was moved to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno next to the Lake Mansion, another historic building relocated to the site. In 1993 the school was moved again, to Victorian Avenue. Although it is now closer to its original site than it had been previously, the plain building seems oddly placed, surrounded by a freeway, casinos, and fake Victorian street furniture.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Glendale School", [Sparks, 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, 85-85.

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