Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Douglas County

Adaven Building in Gardnerville 1 March 2016
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Adaven Building
1435 Main Street

The Adaven Building was originally the site of the I.O.O.F. Hall built by Baptiste Borda at the turn of the 19th Century.

The building has housed a post offfice, a merchandise store, a soda fountain, a restaurant and an hotel. With the advent of the automobile, "Gasolene" could be purchased here.

While the building has been modified over the years, granite blocks made at the Carson City Penitentiary can still be seen in the structure.

Adaven is "Nevada" spelled backwards.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is an altruistic fraternal organization derived from the similar English Oddfellows service organizations which came into being during the 1700s....Although in Britain the Odd Fellows tended to meet in pubs, in the U.S. the lodges often built their own facilities. Many of these are now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places....

From Wikipedia entry for Independent Order of Odd Fellows

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