Neighborhood Stories

HRPS presented its July 2020 Artown Neighborhood Stories virtually using Zoom. Did you miss any of the live story events or wish you could see it again? We recorded each story so you can watch at your leisure. Just scroll down this page to find the recording you are interested in and click the link to the video.

Mid-Century Modern

Nobel H. Getchell Library, ca 1965
Nobel H. Getchell Library at UNR, ca 1965

Reno underwent a building boom in the 1960s and 70s to keep up with trends in modern architecture. Learn about the Modern Movement and the many important properties built in Reno during that era including the Downtown Reno Library, "old" City Hall (now the Discovery Museum), "new" City Hall (formerly First Interstate Bank building) and the Pioneer Center.

Presenter: Sharon Honig-Bear

Mid-Century Modern Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Newlands Neighborhood

A French Eclectic Style Home
French Eclectic-style Home on Reno Ave

Learn about one of Reno's oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods and its impressive variety of architectural styles. Newlands Heights Historic District was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Presenter: Scott Gibson

Newlands Neighborhood Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Prohibition in Reno

West Second Street Bar
Was This the Site of a Speakeasy?

Turn back the clocks to the 1920s and 1930s to learn about the prohibition era in Reno. We will explore the streets and alleys and significant buildings to recall Reno's saloons and reformers (the WCTU and Anti-Saloon League).

Presenters: Sharon Honig-Bear and Debbie Hinman

Prohibition In Reno Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

UNR Historic District

Morrill Hall
Morrill Hall

Learn about the history of our beautiful university campus. We will cover the historical development of the UNR Quad, Morrill Hall, Mackay School of Mines and the Keck Museum.

Presenters: Jack Hursh and Bob Shriver

UNR Historic District Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Cultural Crossroads, West Side

Cornerstone of the Bethel AME Church
Bethel AME Church Cornerstone

Chinese herbal shops, Judaism's early days and a rich African-American heritage come alive in this presentation. Includes a visit inside the Lear Theater and the historic Bethel AME Church.

Presenter: Sharon Honig-Bear

Cultural Crossroads, West Side Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Bricks and Stones

A Stone House on Lander Street ca 1943
A Stone House on Lander Street ca 1943

Hear about the Humboldt and Lander Streets Neighborhood. Discover the architectural treasures of this area: a mix of bungalows, period revivals and cottage styles.

Presenter: Susan Mullen

Bricks and Stones Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Movie Footprints in Reno

Nevada Celebrates Filmmaking Placard
Placard for "The Misfits"

Imagine walking in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren and more. The presentation covers downtown Reno's rich film history inspired by divorce, gambling and the city's distinct look in such movies as "The Misfits," "Cobb," "Sister Act," and "Love Ranch" with Robin Holabird, author of "Elvis, Marilyn and the Space Aliens."

Presenter: Robin Holabird

Movie Footprints in Reno Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Mansions on the Bluff / Court Street

A Mansion on Court Street
A Mansion on Court Street

Learn the story of Reno's most treasured historic neighborhood. Many of early Reno's prominent families built generous homes on this once treeless bluff overlooking the Truckee River with panoramic views of Peavine Mountain and the Sierra. Imagine the beauty and charm of this coveted neighborhood, largely developed by U.S. Senator Francis Newlands.

Presenters: Donna and Paul Erickson

Mansions on the Bluff / Court Street Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Literary Reno

Books and Authors in the Story
Books and Authors in the Story

Hear about Writing from the "Underbelly." There's more to Reno's literary history than "City of Trembling Leaves!" Reno continues to be a mythical magnet for 'outsider' writers and characters. The misfits, outcasts and seekers. Let your imagination roam as we travel downtown streets encountered by traditional writers like Will James, Robert Laxalt and Joanne de Longchamps, then learn the haunts of contemporary writers such as Bernie Schopen, Willy Vlautin and Susan Palwick.

Presenters: Pat Klos and Sharon Honig-Bear

Literary Reno Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Historic Cemeteries

Placard at the Hillside Cemetery
Placard at the Hillside Cemetery

Join HRPS for a visit to four of Reno's most historic cemeteries: Pythians, Hillside, The Grand Army of the Republic and the Hebrew Cemetery to become acquainted with some of their most notable residents.

Presenters: Frances Tryon and Brett Banks (Hillside) and Bill Mardon (Knights of Pythias)

Historic Cemeteries Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Truckee River All the Time

A View of the Old Post Office and the Riverside
The Old Post Office and the Riverside

Hear about Reno's relationship with the Truckee over time, learn of the great floods and of Reno's architectural heritage, hear the Voice of the City, and learn about Reno's history.

Presenters: Jim Smith and Brad Carlson

Truckee River All the Time Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Mansions on the Bluff / California Avenue

An iconic mansion on California Avenue
An iconic mansion on California Avenue

The architectural gems along Ridge Street & California Avenue were the homes of senators, physicians and businessmen who made early Reno the Biggest Little City in the World. U.S. Senator Francis Newlands developed this neighborhood that sits on the bluff overlooking the Truckee River with panoramic views of Peavine Mountain, the Sierra and downtown Reno.

Presenters: Donna and Paul Erickson

Mansions on the Bluff California Avenue Video *(takes a few seconds to load) *(takes a few seconds to load)

Powning's Addition

Borgward Garage in Powning's Addition
Borgward Garage in Powning's Addition

Discover one of Reno's earliest and most delightful vernacular neighborhoods and learn about the English, Germans and Italians that settled the area. This neighborhood is the first City of Reno Conservation District.

Presenters: Jack Hursh and Loren Jahn

Powning's Addition Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Downtown Sparks

A View of Downtown Sparks
A View of the Downtown Sparks Tour

Learn about the history of the Rail City on a virtual jaunt through Victorian Square and Downtown Sparks. Hear about how this area has transformed itself from a railroad hub to a vibrant commercial district, which degraded into a rundown urban area before a successful redevelopment that changed the image and future of the city. We discuss some of the buildings and sites that have played an important role in the history and development of Sparks and Nevada. This talk is in collaboration with the Sparks Heritage Museum (www.sparksmuseum.org).

Presenter: Scott Carey

Downtown Sparks Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Parsons / Mills Architecture

An Example of Russell Mills Work
An Example of Russell Mills Work

Hear the story of Reno architects Edward Parsons and Russell Mills and the homes they designed, many of which were located in Newlands Heights, one of Reno's most unique neighborhoods. Learn about the hallmarks of each architect's style and how their careers were intertwined.

Presenter: ZoAnn Campana

Parsons and Mills Architecture Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Circle / Southridge Drive Old Southwest Reno

A Home in the Circle Drive Story
A Home in the Circle Drive Story

Learn about Southridge Estates, one of Reno's most outstanding residential areas in the early 1950s. Imagine the large yards, big trees and beautiful ranch style homes of many prominent Renoites.

Presenter: Caroline Asikainen

Circle and Southridge Drives Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Country Club Acres

One of the Homes in the Country Club Acres Story
One of the Homes in the Country Club Acres Story

Hear about an area of southwest Reno steeped in history from the 1920s and 30s. Hear about the original Reno Golf Club, Reno's first airfield and the luxurious, ill-fated Country Club. With the growing popularity of the Washoe Golf Course and the newly-created Virginia Lake, the early 1940s saw the rise of a new neighborhood created for suburban living. The sale of lots rather than homes ensured an eclectic mix of architectural styles and homes of all sizes.

Presenter: Debbie Hinman

Country Club Acres Video *(takes a few seconds to load)

Historic High Rises in Reno

The Riverside Hotel
The Riverside Hotel

Hear the stories behind Reno’s tallest historic buildings in our downtown. Learn about the changes in technology that allowed architects and engineers to create buildings at increasingly towering heights, as well as the evolving details used to adorn high rise architecture between the 1930s and 1960s.

Presenter: ZoAnn Campana

Historic High Rises in Reno Video *(takes a few seconds to load)