March 2021

HRPS News & Updates

Dear HRPS Members,

Spring arrives this month and with it, thoughts of spending time outdoors.  As more and more people are able to get the COVID vaccine, we hope to return to in-person walking tours, possibly as soon as July, during Artown.  

In that regard, we'd like your thoughts.  Should HRPS resume walking tours in July?  Send your "yes" or "no" response and your reasons to me at by March 15, and we'll discuss at our next Walking Tour Committee meeting.

Meanwhile, please be sure to attend our March 2 program with Bernie Carter on the revitalization of the downtown Post Office.  We think you'll also enjoy Neil Brooks' presentation on the history of Model Dairy on March 18 through the Nevada Historical Society, our "What are you reading?" selection, tidbits of old Reno history, and browsing through historic homes for sale around the country.

Enjoy, and please stay well.


Carol Coleman, President

Historic Reno Preservation Society

March Program -  March 2, 2021, 5:30pm

"Adaptive Reuse and Revitalization of the

Downtown Post Office"

In 1934, a new post office designed by Frederic DeLongchamps opened at 50 South Virginia Street, alongside the Truckee River.  It opened during the height of the "Reno cure" divorce era and was an extremely busy General Delivery site.  By the mid-2000s, needs had changed and the building was sold. 

In August 2012 ownership of the Art Moderne/ZigZag Modern building transferred to 50 South Virginia LLC, which began restoration work to transform the building from postal service to trendy retail space, including national furniture company, West Elm, and many local food and service retailers.

Bernie Carter and his business associates are firm believers in small business and have been a significant driver of MidTown growth.

Program is free, but advance registration is required.


  Bernie Carter

50 South Virginia St.

Other Programs You Might Enjoy

Neil Brooks

Nevada Historical Society's High Noon with Neal Cobb presents:  "History of Model Dairy", with Neil Brooks, Thursday, March 18, 2021, Noon-1pm.

Neil Brooks’ grandfather C.W. Brooks founded Model Dairy with Holstein cows and two milkers. Neil’s presentation will focus on the history of Model Dairy from 1906 to 1977 and will feature pictures and stories from Neil's family and Model Dairy throughout the years.

What are you reading?

Catching up on your reading during the pandemic? Here is one of our recommendations.

Before mining, before it became a gambling and divorce mecca, Western Nevada was ranch country.  "Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada" is an exciting history of the first ranches to be established in western Nevada and how they contributed to the economic success of the Silver State's booming silver mines and the transcontinental railroad that linked Reno with San Francisco and Chicago.

HRPS member, Holly Walton-Buchanan, Ph.D., is the author of several books chronicling local history.  Books may be purchased directly from Holly by e-mailing her at

HRPS Members are Generous!

Every quarter, HRPS receives a donation from Amazon Smile, thanks to the generosity of HRPS members who have designated HRPS as their charity of choice.  

While it's not a huge amount of money, the yearly total amounts to several hundred dollars that help defray some of our operating expenses.  Thank you HRPS members!

Thinking of Buying an Historic Home?

Photo courtesy of Cabretta Capital

Who doesn't dream about owning a fine old historic home?  Browse through a national list of homes for sale through The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and let your imagination roam. 

Whether it's a mid-century modern or a 19th century Queen Anne, here are some tips for potential homebuyers.

And if your own dwelling needs a little TLC, Old House online can be a handy resource.

Tell a Friend!

Do you know a long time resident who might enjoy knowing more about Reno's history?  How about a newer resident who might appreciate a little background on their new home town?  If so, forward a copy of this newsletter and encourage them to join HRPS!

A single membership is just $25/year ($45 for a family membership) and you can now join and pay online!  Members enjoy monthly newsletters, our information-packed quarterly FootPrints magazine, free admission to walking tours and certain other HRPS events, plus the knowledge you are helping support historic preservation in Reno!


100 Years Ago in Reno

Reno was up and coming in 1921.  Here are a few ads from

the Reno Evening Gazette - March 1, 1921.

Download a copy of "Six Months in Reno"

15 cents for a matinee 1921!  Read more about "Forbidden Fruit"

"A nice old theatre with a beautiful red curtain on West 1st Street in Reno. It was opened as the T & D Theatre, and in 1915 was the Rialto Theatre. In 1926 it was re-named Granada Theatre, and was part of the T & D Jr. Enterprises chain out of San Francisco, California." (Photo and text courtesy of

These prices seem cheap, but compared to today, many are about the same.  

Reno History at your Fingertips

Download the Reno Historical app or go to the Reno Historical website for an instant mini-history.  

Reno Historical is a great way to introduce friends to historical homes, buildings and neighborhoods, or educate yourself.  The content is always being updated.

Steamboat Ditch Update

As most readers are probably aware, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has halted the project planning process to cover a large section of the Steamboat Ditch.  The initial proposal included 15 miles of pipe through Reno's urban area.  The Sierra Club website provides additional information on how public outcry changed the outcome.

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Historic Reno Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources in the Truckee Meadows through education, advocacy, and leadership.

Historic Reno Preservation Society | P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV  89507  |  775-747-4478

Virginia Street Bridge photos courtesy of Nevada Historical Society

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