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Reno Neighborhood Recognized for Historical Value

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One of Reno's oldest neighborhoods was recognized as a historic conservation district Friday.

The Wells Avenue area was chosen for the distinction because of its historical significance to the city. The district is marked by Holcomb Avenue to the west, Locust Street to the east, Ryland Avenue to the north and Vassar Street to the south.

Residents of that neighborhood are hoping that brown signage placed underneath the street signs in the area will make people more aware of the neighborhood's history, so they will want to preserve it.

"If you notice, a lot of the homes around here don't have driveways," Wells neighborhood organizer Barrie Schuster said. "They don't have garages facing the street, because people didn't have cars when these homes were built."

Schuster said some of the homes in the neighborhood are more than a century old, and have been there since Reno's beginning. The old V&T railroad used to run right through the neighborhood, and an electric trolley service connected it to downtown Reno.

The evidence of that has faded over the years, but many of the historic homes, with their unique, original architecture, are reminders of the neighborhood's past.

The residents worked for four years to get this designation, which was funded entirely by donations. Being a conservation district doesn't impose any restrictions on changes or construction; it serves mainly as an awareness campaign.

"This is just an exciting day," Schuster said, "because we finally have reached a point where our district is officially recognized, and the signs are going up to prove it."

This is Reno's second official conservation district. The first is Powning's Addition downtown.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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