643 Manor Drive

Although this home is a brick Newlands home of the same era as 785 Manor, it has quite a different exterior style and interior look from its neighbor on the next block—and yet is just as delightful. This charming house at 643 Manor is a Period Revival brick cottage with eclectic influences. The six-over-six sash windows evoke Colonial Revival style, whereas elsewhere Spanish Colonial Revival influences are evident. A permit was issued in June of 1935 to build two houses (at 635 and 643) at a cost of $5,000 apiece. Both houses were described as of brick construction and having five rooms each. In 1933, Dr. Lawrence and Lela Parsons moved to Reno from Los Angeles. Dr. Parsons was a pathologist/physician and purchased the pathology lab at St. Mary’s Hospital, soon becoming Chief of Staff. The couple were living at 643 by 1938 and remained there until the late 1940s. They were followed by two railroad employees: Norman Malone who was a conductor, and Louis Quinn, a brakeman. Dorothy Quinn, who retired from Nevada Bell after 32 years, became secretary of the Washoe Landmark Preservation, Inc. She was active in defending the Lake Mansion against the Convention Authority’s claims that it was an eyesore. Debbie and Stephen Chappell purchased the property in 2015. Debbie's exquisite taste and eye for design are evident throughout the home; it is filled with light and lovely touches, such as a fireplace surround Debbie found at a garage sale and a wonderful antique trunk. The kitchen has been enlarged and remodeled with gorgeous marble countertops and a refrigerator hidden behind cabinet doors.