National Register of Historic Places in Humboldt County
Nixon Opera House ("Nixon Hall") was built in 1907 and destroyed by fire in 1992. It was financed by George S. Nixon, a local banker who went on to serve in the U.S. Senate. When Nixon died, his widow Kate tried unsuccessfully to reclaim the property from the City. The arsonist or arsonists who destroyed it were never brought to justice.
The Nixon went through several face-lifts, during the years. Its brick exterior was stuccoed, giving it a Gothic look. Then, a plain false front was added during the 70s. The photos below show the building in its various phases. They also show architectural details from inside, Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, and Nixon Pool, the municipal swimming pool that once shared the same lot.
An effort to restore Nixon Hall was underway in the early 1990s, just before it burned to the ground. Today, the pool and opera house are both gone, replaced by the Winnemucca Convention Center.
Source: Humboldt Museum
Between the years 1985 and 2000, nine National Register properties in Nevada were lost to vandalism, neglect and renewal as reported by
Sean Whaley in the Las Vegas Review-Journal dated 6 November 2000.
|198?||Reno||Riverside Mill Company Flourmill demolished|
|1988||Las Vegas||Las Vegas Hospital burned down|
|1991||Carson City||Virginia and Truckee Railroad Shops knocked down by owner|
|1992||Winnemucca||Nixon Opera House destroyed by arson|
|1992||Reno||Odd Fellows Building demolished by the city to make way for a parking garage|
|1993||Tonopah||J.E. Smith stone duplex knocked down|
|1994||Reno||Reno Bell Telephone building demolished|
|2000||Reno||Mapes Hotel imploded by city officials to make way for new development|
|2000||Las Vegas||Whitehead House destroyed by a fire believed to have been set by vagrants|