When you arrive the immense marble entryway, the spiral staircases to the upper floors and the incredible marble and stonework are what greet you. But as you stroll from room to room it's hard not to be taken by a two story library and a ballroom size indoor pool room with arching stained glass domes imported from Italy and France.
"I think that by studying history and celebrating it, we learn about where we are headed," says owner Hugh Roy Marshall. "I collect antiques, I celebrate the fine things that come from history and feel like this home is not just comfortable, it's beautiful too."
He certainly right about that. The 9-thousand square foot mansion at the south end of Virginia Lake was originally built by oilman Luke Hancock, it was purchased by Hugh Roy and Cynthia Marshall in the 1980s and expanded from it's original 4-thousand square foot size. And a tour of the house and the grounds upon which it sits will help raise money for the Historic Reno Preservation Society or HARPS.
"There's no doubt that this has got to be one of the most historical and most opulent homes in Reno," says Sharon Honig-Bear with HARPS. "And there are historic treasures everywhere you look."
It's one of five historic homes on the tour this weekend that raises money for fixing up other old historic homes in the area.
"We've helped fund repair and restoration projects on 19 historic homes in the area and celebrating history is a great way to fund that effort," says Honig-Bear.
This year's Harvest of Homes Tour is this Saturday. You can see photos of the other homes on the tour as well as the Marshall Mansion and get more information on the Historic Reno Preservation Society at www.historicreno.org.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:44:54 GMT
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