NoeHill Travels in the American West: Nevada

National Register of Historic Places in Washoe County

National Register #83001122: Twaddle Mansion in Reno 15 March 2016
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National Register #83001122
Twaddle Mansion
485 West Fifth Street
Built c1905

The Mansion was constructed for Eben Twaddle who was a Reno Fire Marshall and a rancher in Washoe Valley.

The building is perhaps the finest example of the Colonial Revival style in Reno. The ornamentation is outstanding in its variety and application. The lower floor, in particular, expresses a flamboyance rarely seen in a vernacular building outside of a large city. The porch, arched facade window and pedimented porch are unmatched in Reno in dramatic elegance.

The structure was later used as a place of residence for women undergoing a divorce, in order to establish Nevada residency. It was subsequently utilized as a religious center for the Baha'i religious group. When we photographed it in March 2016, it housed a law firm.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form submitted in 1983.

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