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Visitor Center (Main House)

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Main House
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

Chester Lauck, a radio entertainer, built the house and ran a boys' camp on the ranch. Constructed of native stone, with a wood-shingle roof and redwood siding, the house stands on a hill with a commanding view of the ranch and the Wilson Cliffs. The stone living-room wing, facing north, contains the main entrance, sheltered by a shed-roofed porch. To the west is a two-story wing with a similar porch along its west side, built in 1955 when Vera Krupp, wife of the German munitions industrialist, purchased the property. To the east is a round tower with a conical roof. Another wing leads to a gambrel-roofed garage with stone walls and wood-clad gable ends. The rustic, sprawling style of the house is well suited to the ranch atmosphere and reflects earlier building materials and forms on the property.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Visitor Center (Main House)", [Las Vegas, 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, 229-229.

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