Jones Center

Although it is a small building, the Jones Center is significant for its role in Nevada education, for its association with its architect, Frederic DeLongchamps, and for its part in the unity of Clarence Mackay's master plan for the University campus. The library had outgrown its limited space in Morrill Hall, and there was a plan to build a new library and administration building in the form of a large rotunda, to replace Morrill Hall at the head of the campus Quad, but funding was not available. To address the problem, the building that became the Jones Center was constructed in 1914 to be a temporary library. The noted Reno architect Frederic DeLongchamps was to design a building that was "conservative but pure to harmonize with the other new buildings of the Campus." The result was the only single-level building on campus, a simple, small, brick rectangle with limestone decorative elements. Its location on the Quad conformed to Mackay's campus plan.

The proposed administration/library building was never funded, so this small building continued to serve as an ever-more crowded campus library until an unexpected and generous gift resulted in the construction of the spacious Alice McManus Clark Memorial Library in 1927.

Through the years, this building has served as the "Hall of English," the Department of Journalism (1947-1967), and as home to the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. It became the Jones Visitor Center in 1983, named after philanthropists Clarence K. and Martha H. Jones, who funded its renovation. Currently, it houses University Communications as well as members of the Divisions of Human Resources and Institutional Analysis, and offices for school relations and career planning. Displays about university history, research, and programs are exhibited in the lobby.

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A new library

A new library

An architectural drawing by Frederic DeLongchamps of the proposed library building, 1913. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Dedication, 1914

Dedication, 1914

The dedication of the temporary library in 1914. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

1920

1920

The second library, as seen from the Quad in 1920. Photo by Samuel B. Doten. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

1920s faculty

1920s faculty

Group of faculty gathered on the steps of the Jones Building, ca. 1920. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

ca. 1930

ca. 1930

The entrance to the building after the library moved to the nearby Alice McManus Clark building. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

From across Manzanita Lake

From across Manzanita Lake

A view of the back of the building reflected in Manzanita Lake in 1930. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Another function

Another function

A view of the entrance to the building at the close of its service as the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in 1983. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

ca. 1955

ca. 1955

A couple walks on the Quadrangle sidewalk in front of the Journalism Building, ca. 1955. Journalism occupied the building from 1947-1967. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Journalism students

Journalism students

Students leave the Journalism Building, ca. 1955. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Clarence and Martha Jones

Clarence and Martha Jones

This portrait of Clarence K. and Martha H. Jones hangs in the entry of the Jones Visitors Center. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

One of many displays of historic photos of the University of Nevada campus on display inside the Jones Center. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Amanda Buell and Reno Historical Team, “Jones Center,” Reno Historical, accessed April 24, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/69.
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