EXCEPTIONAL URBAN HOMES
"Preservation is now seen as being in the forefront of urban regeneration, often accomplishing what the urban-renewal programs of twenty and thirty years ago so dismally failed to do. It has grown from the activity of a few upper-class antiquarians...to a broad mass movement engaged in battles to preserve "Main Street," urban districts, and indeed whole towns."
~ James Marston Fitch, founder of the first historic preservation training program at Columbia University in 1964
A small, boarded up 19th century cottage will be the centerpiece of the Holcomb Houses. "That house needs to be torn down." We cannot tell you how many times we've heard that phrase. Luckily, we think every building is worth saving, and we think the gentleman who now calls the cottage home would agree.
Located on the Holcomb boundary of Midtown, this project was especially rewarding. As the home transformed we received thumbs up and a honk of the horn almost daily. The cottage was redone from stem to stern and topped off with a cute blue paint scheme. The weedy landscape was completely renovated too.
This little home, the one the City of Reno had condemned, the one everyone thought should come down, is now a bright, shiny testament to saving old buildings. It is now a happy home, and happy to take its place in the newly designated Wells Avenue Neighborhood Conservation District.
An aerial of Reno in 1908 shows the cottage along the V & T tracks and what was to becom Holcomb Avenue. Downtown Reno and the Truckee River are in the lower left of the photo.
The 19th century cottage, April 2013...
...And in July, 2013