EVENT: May 9, 2017, 11 AM – 1 PM

250 Court Street at Arlington Avenue

Mary Ellen Horan,
Executive Director
775-826-6100, ext. 1#

Alicia Nunez,

Celebrate Reno’s 149th Birthday and kick-off to 150th with
Arts for All Nevada at the Lake Mansion, “Reno’s First Address”!

Reno– On May 9, 1868 the Central Pacific Railroad auctioned off town-lots establishing the town of Reno, previously named “Lake’s Crossing”. On this day it is estimated that between 100 to 400 lots sold for between $237 and $1,325 each. Reno was born!


Where better to celebrate than “Reno’s First Address”, the Lake Mansion? The Mansion was owned by five “founding families” including the Lake family. The Mansion was built in 1876-77 by Ria and Rome Marsh (of Marsh Avenue) and later purchased by Myron Lake in 1879. The Mansion has been moved TWICE (see a photo exhibit from both moves at the Mansion) and is now located at 250 Court Street at Arlington Avenue and Flint Street. It is owned and operated by Non-Profit Organization, Arts for All Nevada. The main floor is furnished with several family pieces and donated period furnishings. The Library and Master Bedroom are utilized as Arts for All Nevada’s Art Access Gallery.

On May 9, 2017, Arts for All Nevada will conduct guided tours of the main floor at 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM with Birthday candles lit at High Noon. Visitors may enjoy the tour, birthday cake, lemonade, and each child in attendance will be able to choose a free book to take home. “Myron C. Lake” (1828-1884) will be on hand to answer questions and distribute postcards with his bridge, “Lake’s Crossing” depicted. This event is free and open-to-the-public. Donations are appreciated.

Arts for All Nevada’s May Birthday celebration is part of Nevada’s Historic Preservation Month and an official event of Reno 150, a year-long effort led by the City of Reno to celebrate Reno’s 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial.



Arts for All Nevada was founded in 1986 as a Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to provide quality arts opportunities for ALL ages and ALL abilities. Arts for All Nevada is responsible for the preservation and year-round use of the Lake Mansion as a cultural and historic site. For more information about Arts for All Nevada and the Lake Mansion, visit artsforallnevada.org or call 775.826.6100.