Fulton House

The spindled Queen Anne house located on the corner of N. Center and Ninth Streets was built in 1895. It is similar in appearance to the Armstrong house at 821 N. Center, but its exterior is quite original.

John M. Fulton moved into the house, now numbered 895 N. Center Street, in early 1903, just prior to his marriage to Theodora Stubbs, daughter of University of Nevada President Joseph Stubbs. John and his brother Robert were born in Ohio and both came west around 1875. Both brothers worked for the railroad, Robert for the land department of the Union Pacific and John as district passenger and freight agent for the Southern Pacific.

When John married Theodora on February 11, 1903, he presented her with a beautifully worded deed to the house. It reads, in part, "To thee and thine forever, I hereby give and grant the cot and lands to me belonging, which at the corner (south and west) of streets Center and 9th, in Reno Town, Nevada State and County Washoe, now situate are....And all that to the same does appertain I likewise give and grant, thy love to me, the consideration being, many times sufficient." Both John and his brother Robert were active in the community, as were their wives, contributing much to the early development of the city.

The house passed through a number of hands and housed a variety of residents including Galen and Joanne de Longchamps before they moved down the street to the Armstrong house at 821 N. Center. In the mid-1990s it served as the office of the MacKenzie Insurance Agency.

The University acquired this property in 2004. It is today used for the University's Real Estate office and is one of six houses on the west side of Center Street currently slated for relocation by the University of Nevada, Reno in order to construct a new College of Business building.

Images

The Fulton House in 2016

The Fulton House in 2016

The Fulton House was constructed in 1895 and predates all but three buildings on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The most recent business to occupy the Fulton residence is the university's real estate office. | Creator: Emily Rogers View File Details Page

Sanborn map, 1899

Sanborn map, 1899

A map of the neighborhood south of the university in 1899 shows the Fulton House on the far left of the center row (the SW corner of 9th and Center). On Sanborn fire insurance maps, the color yellow denotes wood frame construction. Image courtesy of Delamare Map Library, University of Nevada, Reno View File Details Page

John M. Fulton

John M. Fulton

John M. Fulton was a prominent member of the Reno community from his arrival in the 19th century through his death in 1934. Image courtesy Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

John M. Fulton's gift to his wife Theodora

John M. Fulton's gift to his wife Theodora

Upon his marriage to University of Nevada President Joseph Stubbs' daughter Theodora in 1903, John M. Fulton gifted his wife with the deed to the house where they would spend the early years of their marriage. The text of the deed was published in the Reno Evening Gazette on February 26, 1903. Courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette. View File Details Page

MacKenzie Insurance Agency

MacKenzie Insurance Agency

In the mid-1990s the house at 895 N. Center served as an insurance agent's office. Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

View of the Fulton House from the University of Nevada, Reno, 2005

View of the Fulton House from the University of Nevada, Reno, 2005

This photograph of the Fulton House (right) and its neighbors was taken from the original Ninth Street entrance to the University of Nevada, Reno. | Creator: Jack Hursh View File Details Page

Head of the row

Head of the row

The Fulton House (far right) presides over the row of historic houses on the west side of North Center Street in 2016. | Creator: Alicia Barber View File Details Page

A campus-area landmark

A campus-area landmark

The Fulton House has been standing at the southern border of campus (rear of photo) since 1895. | Creator: ZoAnn Campana View File Details Page

This Place Matters, 2016

This Place Matters, 2016

Community members participate in the "This Place Matters" campaign organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to draw attention to threatened structures in communities across the United States. The Fulton House is one of six houses that the University of Nevada, Reno intends to relocate in order to construct a new College of Business building. | Creator: Alicia Barber View File Details Page

Street Address:

895 North Center Street, Reno, NV [map]

Cite this Page:

Debbie Hinman, “Fulton House,” Reno Historical, accessed May 30, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/138.
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