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Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center (Douglas County High School)

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Douglas County High School
1915, Frederick J. DeLongchamps. 1477 Main St. (U.S. 395)
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

This Classical Revival building is the result of a compromise between Gardnerville and Minden. In 1915 both towns vied to become the new seat of Douglas County; Gardnerville granted Minden the designation of seat and the new courthouse in exchange for the county high school. DeLongchamps won the commission for both projects.

The T-shaped brick building stands on a raised concrete basement approached by central steps. Though from the front the building appears to have only one story, it contains two stories above the basement. The symmetrical facade has a central projecting section with a porch supported by six Doric columns, with a pair at each corner. The columns meet a heavy galvanized iron entablature with dentils and cornice running along the upper section of the entire building.

In 1958, when the county erected a new high school behind the building, the old structure became the junior high school. In the mid-1980s the building was declared unsafe and was vacated because it did not meet current seismic codes. The Carson Valley Historical Society raised the funds to rehabilitate the structure and convert it to a museum, which opened in 1995. The property also contains a visitor center and rest stop for travelers on U.S. 395.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center (Douglas County High School)", [Gardnerville, 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, 122-122.

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