National Register of Historic Places in Washoe County
This Classical Revival building was designed by renown African-American architect Paul Revere Williams. It is in excellent condition and retains a high degree of integrity.
When the congregation moved to a new location in 1998, Moya Olsen Lear, the wife of Learjet inventor Bill Lear and the daughter of vaudeville performer, donated one million dollars toward the purchase of the building with the intent of converting it to a theater. Her donation was matched by the Reno-Sparks Theater Coalition.
Local theater groups used the building for about a year while the conversion was underway; however, the building closed in 1999 because of issues with the renovation work.
When we photographed the building in March 2012, it was still vacant.