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Historic Preservation

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Historic Brick Building at 26 Cheney St. with sign above entrance that reads Death and Taxes
Pictured above: A previous award winner, 26 Cheney St. - Non-Residential Project

The City’s historic preservation program promotes the identification, evaluation, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and restoration of historic structures. This webpage provides information to enhance the community’s understanding and appreciation of our history and to facilitate the implementation of Reno’s historic preservation ordinance.  

Historic Resources

Historic resources are like living objects. They require thoughtful care and maintenance to enjoy a long and useful life. Each resource is a reflection of a specific time in history. A collection of these specific resources can begin to define a period’s social, stylistic, cultural, and economic heritage. The historic buildings, sites, districts, and objects of a place weave together to form a fabric that connects different generations. Through thoughtful preservation of these important resources, the past can be preserved as a vital and functioning part of present day life. 

Our city's historic structures--homes, businesses, commercial buildings, and schools--provide a direct link to our history through their association with the important people, events, and architectural movements of the past. These resources reflect the character and values of the people who shaped our city and made it into the unique place that it is today. Historic structures also add to the value and character of their surroundings. They are non-renewable resources; once they have been altered from their original state, including the surrounding visual landscape, they lose their historical value. In order to maintain the value of historic buildings and to preserve them for future generations, it is necessary to take deliberate measures to ensure their continued survival. A historic resource may be listed individually or as part of a district on the local, state, or national level.

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