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Douglas County Offices (Minden Inn)

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Minden Inn
1912–1916, Frederick J. DeLongchamps. 1992–1993. 1594 Esmeralda Ave.
  • Douglas County Offices (Minden Inn) (Bret Morgan)

This structure employs the restrained classicism of DeLongchamps's other buildings in town. The three-story building of buff-colored brick rises from a raised basement, culminating in an elaborate entablature with a cornice, brackets, egg-and-dart molding, dentils, and a frieze. The central section is slightly recessed and contains a recessed porch supported by four Doric columns. Five sets of multipane double entrance doors are each topped by a long multipane transom.

The Dangberg family built the structure as the Minden Inn to give the town a fine hotel with features including steam heat and an elevator. For most of the twentieth century the building functioned as a hotel and casino, but numerous alterations greatly diminished its appearance. In the 1990s the owner rehabilitated the building, which Douglas County now leases for use as offices.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Douglas County Offices (Minden Inn)", [Minden, 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, 119-120.

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