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Northern Nevada Children's Museum (Civic Auditorium)

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Civic Auditorium
1939, Lehman A. Ferris. 813 N. Carson St.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

The red brick walls and sandstone trim of this one-story building echo the materials used in the courthouse to the south, but the result is much more sedate. A gabled entry projects from the facade and features two pairs of octagonally paneled wood doors surrounded by a large sandstone arch. Engaged Ionic columns flank the doors, dividing the two pairs at the center of the entry. A large fanlight window surmounts the doors, resting on a plain entablature. Adorning the facade gable is a corbeled brick arcade. The lobby leads into a large auditorium with a raised stage at the east end. The auditorium has been modified slightly with the installation of an elevator shaft, and the space now contains exhibits for the museum.

In the 1930s Carson City had no public meeting space. With a federal grant and funds raised locally, the Works Progress Administration erected the auditorium, using Ferris's design. At the time the style and size of the building were unusual for Carson City, which used the building as a library and later for city offices, vacating it in 1983. Since 1994 the Children's Museum has occupied the building.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Northern Nevada Children's Museum (Civic Auditorium)", [Carson City, 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, 108-108.

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