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National Register of Historic Places in Washoe County

National Register #92001257: California Building in Reno 15 March 2016
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National Register #92001257
California Building
1000 Cowan Drive in Idlewild Park
Built 1927

Reno built Idlewild Park and the California Building for the 1927 Transcontinental Highway Exposition. The exposition celebrated the first transcontinental highway in the United States, the Lincoln Highway which ran from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

The building was named the California Building because most of the exhibitors were from California, not Nevada.

The California Building is one of the few remaining examples in Northern Nevada of the Mission Revival architectural style. Along with the original Reno arch, it is the only surviving structure created for the exposition. Four other exposition buildings were demolished over the years.

After the exposition, an American Legion post occupied the building for eleven years before deeding it to the City of Reno for use as a public facility.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form submitted in 1992.

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