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2 Washoe County Clerk's Office The Washoe County Court House Historical and Preservation Society Presented by the Washoe County Clerks Office EXIT

3 Washoe County Clerk's Office The Washoe County Court House Restoration Project EXIT

4 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n Long before the penny was part of the nations mint and the Model T could be seen idling around our citys streets a courthouse cornerstone was laid on the south bank of the Truckee River on June 22, The Washoe County Court House was quickly being constructed and downtown, Reno was born. EXIT

5 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n Reno sprung from the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1868 and started out as a small town with miners, railworkers and entrepreneurs for citizens. One of Renos first and foremost entrepreneurs was Myron Lake. He owned property south of the Truckee River and the toll bridge that crossed it. He acquired the bridge in 1862 and was granted an exclusive franchise by the legislature. Making an average of $300 a day, a healthy sum of money even by todays standards, Myron Lake soon became a very wealthy and infamous citizen in town. Soon people started to complaining about Lakes Crossing and the county commissioners ruled against Myron Lake declaring Lakes Crossing a public road. Today that road is known as Virginia Street. EXIT

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7 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n When the county seat was moved from Washoe City to Reno by the peoples vote in 1871, Lake made an offer of land and money for the building of the Washoe County Court House that couldnt be refused. Lake offered a one-acre site just south of the river plus $15,000 to help with the building. The Washoe County Commissioners accepted, and the county soon paid $20,000 to Septimus F. Hoole for the construction of a two-story brick courthouse. Hoole had already sold his courthouse plans to the county for $150. The original courthouse had a balcony above the main entrance, interior side chimneys and a tin-covered cupola with windows. The lower floor housed offices for the clerk, recorder, treasurer and sheriff, and also included the jail. The courtroom and district attorneys offices were located on the second floor. This was the first great landmark for the town. It was a courthouse that provided resources, meeting places and gathering headquarters for the people of Washoe County. EXIT

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9 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n A SHREWD BUSINESSMAN, MYRON LAKE MADE AN OFFER OF A ONE-ACRE PARCEL OF LAND JUST SOUTH OF THE TRUCKEE RIVER AND $15,000 FOR THE BUILDING OF THE WASHOE COUNTY COURT HOUSE. n HES ALSO CREDITED WITH OWNING AND OPERATING THE ORIGINAL RIVERSIDE HOTEL AND FOR ESTABLISHING WHAT IS NOW VIRGINIA STREET. EXIT

10 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n Thirty-six years later, Reno had grown tremendously and the Washoe County Commissioners thought their courthouse was ready for a change. They held a design contest for a new courthouse that was won by a promising young architect, Frederic DeLongchamps. His Neo- Classical design incorporated the old courthouse inside the new one. The two-story stone structure included Corinthian columns supporting the front entrance and a copper dome. The inside of the new building boasted gray marble wainscoting and pilasters with black marble bases, mosaic tiled floors, marble columns in the entrance hall and leaded glass in the ceiling of the dome on the second story. The cornerstone of the DeLongchamps building was laid on June 15, 1919 and construction was completed almost a full year later on June 1, EXIT

11 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n By the 1940s the courthouse was cramped for space due to the demands of the quickly growing county. DeLongchamps once more was contracted to design additions to the courthouse along with his partner, George OBrien. A north wing was completed in 1946 followed by a south wing in By the 60s the county was once again growing larger that its courthouse, so DeLongchamps and OBrien went to work to design the west annex. Completed in 1963, the three-storied west annex differed greatly from his original 1910 design. The side entrance of the west annex today serves as the main public entrance to the courthouse. Today, the old courthouse is home to the Washoe County District Court, the County Clerk and the District Attorney. Other county court services are housed in nearby buildings. EXIT

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13 Washoe County Clerk's Office The History n (PICTURED PREVIOUS) TWO MEN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT THE WASHOE COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON APRIL 26, n THE WASHOE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST FUNCTIONING COURTHOUSES IN THE STATE OF NEVADA. TODAY, THE COURTHOUSE IS HOME TO THE WASHOE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT, THE COUNTY CLERK AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. EXIT

14 Washoe County Clerk's Office Thank You EXIT Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation. We hope you enjoyed the tour of the history of the Washoe County Courthouse For information about Membership Click HereHere For information about available Pictures Click HereHere


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