For the first time in four years, the recently renovated historic Bowers Mansion in Washoe Valley is once again open to the public.
Due to budget cuts and the recent recession, both the mansion and the spring-fed pool were closed since 2009. Now, thanks to several generous donations and grants, Washoe County celebrated the renovations on Friday.
Bowers Mansion was built in 1864 by Comstock millionaires L.S. "Sandy" Bowers and his wife Allison Oram. The building contains 16 rooms, each decorated with Victorian antiques.
The mansion is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays through September 29th. Two $100,000 grants from the State Historic Preservation Office Commission on Cultural Affairs were received for the seismic and structural rehabilitation of the mansion.
The William N. Pennington Foundation donated $150,000 to renovate the Bowers Pool, which will be open seven days a week through August 18th, 12pm-5pm. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.
All events are at Bowers Mansion Regional Park: 4005 U.S. Highway 395 North, Carson City, NV 89704 (21 miles south of Reno on old U.S. 395)
For more information, call 775-849-0201 or go to www.washoecounty.us/parks