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Visitor Center (Main House)

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Main House
1948–1955

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

Author: 
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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/NV-01-SO33.1.

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 229-229.

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