Crider Building

Rex Arlo Crider was an established chiropractor when he had this two-story combination commercial and apartment building constructed in 1936. An Iowa native, Crider had moved to Reno in 1915 to establish his practice after receiving his degree at the Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport, Iowa. He had located his offices in various buildings around town before deciding to have his own built.

When it was ready, Crider and his second wife, Mae, moved into an apartment on the building’s west side and Crider opened his chiropractic office in one of the storefronts facing First Street, leasing the second to the La Mar Beauty Salon.

The cross street, Roff Way, was nearly named after Crider in 1936. The short diagonal street, only one block in length, was formerly known as West Avenue. After Crider’s building went up, property owners petitioned City Hall to change the street’s name to Crider Way to avoid confusion with adjacent West Street. Instead of Crider, city leaders chose to name the street after Nate Roff, a pioneering Reno resident and former state senator whose home long stood on the southwest corner of Second Street and West Avenue.

Crider added additional apartments, constructed in the same style, to the rear of the building in 1937. His offices shared the ground floor of the original portion with the beauty salon until his untimely death from a heart attack in 1944. By then, he had already taken on a partner, William Heath, who continued to practice out of the office until he was in turn succeeded by Dr. A. Van Heukelom in 1950 and Robert E. Jenkins after that.

In 1954, Crider’s son, John F. Crider, an architect, opened his office in the former salon space, but only for a few years. In 1958 it became the new home of the Christian Science Reading Room, which remained there into the 1970s. The second commercial space, then numbered 227, was occupied by a series of stockbrokers and savings and loan associations for many years. In the early 2000s, the ground floor was known for housing the local art gallery La Bussola. Our Bar moved into the space in 2011, while the second floor houses a showroom for Henriksen Butler.

Images

Snowy day, c.1940

Snowy day, c.1940

An early photo shows the La Mar Beauty Salon on the ground floor and the name "Crider" at the building's roofline. The photo was taken prior to 1946, when an addition to the Hughes-Porter building on the south side of First Street would have obscured this view. Image courtesy of the Nevada Historical Society View File Details Page

R.A. Crider, D.C.

R.A. Crider, D.C.

Prior to having his own building constructed on West First Street, Rex Arlo Crider had offices at various locations in town. At the time of this 1920 ad, he worked out of a small commercial building at 17 East Second Street, since displaced by Harrah's Casino. Image courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

Rex Arlo Crider obituary

Rex Arlo Crider obituary

Crier died of a heart attack while visiting Las Vegas in May of 1944. Before his death, he had already handed over his chiropractic practice to William L. Heath. Image courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

A Place for Beauty

A Place for Beauty

From its opening in 1936, one of the ground floor storefronts housed a beauty salon, originally the La Mar Beauty Salon. In 1947, new owner Hazel Smart Close ran a contest to rename the shop. The winning name: the Paradise Salon. Image courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

1950 flood

1950 flood

A photograph taken by renowned local photographer Roy Curtis reveals the west side of the Crider Building on Roff Way during the disastrous 1950 Truckee River flood event. Note the Crider Apartments sign on the second floor balcony. The building in the background is the Hughes Building, which fronts the river. Image courtesy of Special Collections, UNR Libraries View File Details Page

Christian Science Reading Room

Christian Science Reading Room

In 1958, the storefront at 225 West First Street was converted into a reading room for the First Church of Christ Scientist. The congregation had long operated a reading room outside of its church building on Riverside Drive. The reading room remained here into the 1970s. Image courtesy of Reno Evening Gazette View File Details Page

Crider Building, 2016

Crider Building, 2016

Beautifully maintained since 1936, the Crider Building today is home to offices as well as a popular bar and eatery. Seen here to its right is the First United Methodist Church, which dates to 1926. | Creator: Alicia Barber View File Details Page

Street Address:

211 West First Street, Reno, NV [map]

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Alicia Barber, “Crider Building,” Reno Historical, accessed August 17, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/144.

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