Garat/Humphrey House

The unique home at 127 E. Eighth Street is one of the most beautiful examples of Asian-influenced Craftsman styling in all Reno. Craftsman was the dominant style for smaller houses built throughout the country during the period from about 1905 until the early 1930s. The style originated in Southern California and spread rapidly throughout the country, aided by popular magazines and pattern books. Often the Asian influence is visible only in the slightly upturned eaves but in the case of this house, there are also Asian design elements on the porch posts, and the front of the house features porthole windows on either side of the front door. The result is an elegant interpretation of the Craftsman style that must have been the envy of many Reno residents.

This address was advertising for boarders as early as 1912. When Frank G. Humphrey purchased the house from Silveria Garat in 1917, it was described in the newspaper as "a six-room modern cottage." It was the home of the Humphrey family for nearly 90 years. Frank Humphrey was a native Nevadan, born on a Nye County ranch in 1872 and educated in the public school at the mining camp of Belmont. Humphrey himself engaged in mining, then operated a stage line between Sodaville and Tonopah. Coming to Northern Nevada, he married, and he and wife Marguerite welcomed daughters Adelaide in 1899 and Frances in 1904. Adelaide died in her twenties. Frances became an educator and spent her entire career in Reno public schools, first as a teacher and then a counselor, winning many accolades for her service.

Frances never married and even after her parents’ death, remained in her childhood home, which in her latter years, overlooked Interstate 80. It must have been a very sad thing for Frances to witness the destruction of her quiet, historic neighborhood. She passed away in 2001. The University acquired the property in 2008. Today it stands unoccupied, alone on that stretch of E. Eighth, surrounded by a tall iron fence

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Humphrey House, 127 E. Eighth St.

Humphrey House, 127 E. Eighth St.

A side view of the Craftsman style house on 8th Street, now overlooking the off-ramp from Interstate 80. | Creator: Debbie Hinman View File Details Page

Architectural details of the front of the Humphrey house on Eighth Street

Architectural details of the front of the Humphrey house on Eighth Street

This photo shows Asian influences in this Craftsman style house. | Creator: Debbie Hinman View File Details Page

Front porch, Humphrey house

Front porch, Humphrey house

Note the porthole-type windows on the front of the house. | Creator: Debbie Hinman View File Details Page

Frances Humphrey and friends painting the "N" on Peavine

Frances Humphrey and friends painting the "N" on Peavine

Frances Humphrey spent her life in her family home at 127 E. 8th St. In this photo taken when she was a student at the University of Nevada in 1922 are (left to right) Alden D. Hunting, Frances Humphrey, Evalyn Nelson, Gilberta Turner, and William M. Esser. Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Frances Humphrey after retirement

Frances Humphrey after retirement

Frances Humphrey, speaking to former students at the 50th reunion of the Reno High Class of 1944. Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Street Address:

127 East Eighth Street, Reno, NV [map]

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Debbie Hinman, “Garat/Humphrey House,” Reno Historical, accessed June 26, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/140.

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