Jones-Nenzel House

University of Nevada Professor of Geology J. Claude Jones and his family lived in the house at 825 N. Lake Street from the early 1920s to the early 1930s. Jones later served as Acting Dean of Men on the university campus. In 1916, Jones had earned great acclaim for helping to determine the age of ancient Lake Lahontan. He died after an illness in 1932 at the age of 54.

The house itself dates back to at least 1910, and is a rare example of the Free Classic style of Queen Anne architecture in Reno. The foundation is constructed of local stone, and the porch is supported by Tuscan columns. The wood front door is likely original, featuring an upper window and lower panel carved with a Classically-derived wreath relief.

By 1933, mining engineer Rudolph Nenzel resided here with his family. A native of Nenzel, Nebraska, a town named for his pioneering grandfather, "Rudie" Nenzel had moved to Reno from Lovelock, where he had been very active in the Rochester, Seven Troughs, and Scotia mining camps. Members of the Nenzel family lived here through 1981.

A member by marriage of the Nenzel family was Hewitt (known as Hugh) Kees, the station master of KOH radio station. He married Marge Nenzel, and they lived in the house for several decades. Her parents moved to Hawthorne, Nevada in the 1950s.

Most recently, the house has been a rental. It was acquired in late 1994 by Clark Kayler, a university-area landlord, from Felicia Owens, the ex-wife of Pastor Robert Owens. The couple had moved into the house in 1982 and established the University Family Fellowship in 1983, holding services in their backyard on Lake Street.

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Jones-Nenzel House, 2016

Jones-Nenzel House, 2016

A view from the north side reveals the house's local stone foundation and porch supported by Tuscan columns with a railing featuring classical balusters. | Creator: Emily Rogers View File Details Page

Free Classic Queen Anne

Free Classic Queen Anne

A close-up of the house's second floor reveals some of the features that make it so rare and significant: its side-gabled roof with projecting cross gables and its ornate decorative glass windows. | Creator: Emily Rogers View File Details Page

J. Claude Jones

J. Claude Jones

Professor Claude Jones doing fieldwork Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Belle and Dorothy Jones

Belle and Dorothy Jones

Mrs. Claude Jones and her daughter Dorothy in the back yard. Image courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

825 N. Lake Street

825 N. Lake Street

A view showing the south side of the house. | Source: Resource Assessment, City of Reno Historical Resources Commission | Creator: ZoAnn Campana View File Details Page

Front detail

Front detail

A close-up view of the front steps and the porch railing. | Source: Resource Assessment, City of Reno Historical Resources Commission | Creator: ZoAnn Campana View File Details Page

Street Address:

825 N. Lake Street, Reno, NV [map]

Cite this Page:

The Reno Historical Team, “Jones-Nenzel House,” Reno Historical, accessed June 26, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/147.

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