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Building 90
1925, U.S. Department of the Interior. 5500 Snyder Ave.
  • Auditorium (Building 90) (Nevada State Historic Preservation Office)

The auditorium combines a simplified form of classicism with the local characteristics of neighboring buildings. The rectangular structure has pedimented gable ends and a wide, banded cornice defining its major geometric elements. The multicolored stone walls end in cut sandstone quoins at the corners and rise from a rusticated sandstone water table. The two main entrances are approached by side-facing steps and a raised platform. Arches of sandstone set flush with the wall mark the entrances and windows. Built to serve as an assembly hall, the auditorium has a refined appearance that helped raise public awareness of the school and its position as one of Nevada's showplaces.

This large building is now part of a new master plan for Stewart Indian School. H+K Architects is working with the director, Bobbi Rahder, to develop conceptual and programmatic plans for future renovation of the auditorium. 


Hershnow, Max, of H+K Architects. Telephone interview with Ann Gilkerson, September 18, 2019. 

"History." Stewart Indian School. Accessed January 17, 2020.

Rahder, Bobbi, Museum Director, Stewart Indian School. Email correspondence with Ann Gilkerson, September 13, 2019.



Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta
Updated By: 
Ann Gilkerson (2020)



  • 1925

  • 2020

    Renovation planning

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Julie Nicoletta, "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, 113-113.

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