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David Smaill House

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c. 1876, David Smaill. 313 W. Ann St.
  • David Smaill House (Bret Morgan)
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

This one-story gabled building represents a type of house commonly constructed in the late nineteenth century. Many miners and tradesmen in northern Nevada built individualistic, eclectic, and highly decorative houses. The Smaill House uses Eastlake-inspired wood porch trim and has an exuberant carved bargeboard; a gable pendant, often seen in houses of this type during that period; and a framed circular vent. Builders constructed the shell of a house and then applied prefabricated wood ornamentation.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "David Smaill House", [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, 109-109.

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