Manzanita Hall

Along with Lincoln Hall and Morrill Hall, Manzanita Hall is one of three remaining buildings on the University of Nevada campus constructed prior to 1900. Like its neighboring dormitory, Lincoln Hall, Manzanita (originally named the girls' Cottage) was built in 1896 from plans designed by the San Francisco firm Percy and Hamilton.

Manzanita Hall was just half its present size and L-shaped when first erected on the west edge of campus, on a parcel of fifteen acres newly purchased to expand the University. An addition constructed in 1910 added a mirror image of the original south arm of the building to the north side. A wooden porch, added to the east side around 1910, was removed during remodeling in the 1950s; the porch ghost is still visible.

In 1905, a dining hall was added between Manzanita and Lincoln Halls, and in 1907, the three buildings were connected by boardwalks. The living complex occupied an isolated spot on what was then the extreme northwest corner of the campus near the State Road, what is now known as Virginia Street. The placement of these two dormitories reflected the then-current educational ideal of the "cottage system" of housing, a scattering of home-like buildings in a less-formal naturalistic setting. Of this group, only the dormitories remain today.

Before its closure in 2015, Manzanita Hall housed 97 women in double and single rooms. On the north side, it is attached to Juniper Hall, a co-ed dormitory. Residents of Manzanita Hall enjoyed a "Victorian" atmosphere and a lovely lounge, complete with a grand piano and a view of Manzanita Lake. Manzanita Hall remained a very popular choice for academically oriented female residents. The building is currently slated for renovation into office space.

Images

1900

1900

Manzanita Hall in 1900. To the left is the Dining Hall, to the right is the original Gymnasium, and the Chemistry Building. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Dining Hall, 1908

Dining Hall, 1908

This 1908 image shows the dining hall which stood between Lincoln and Manzanita Halls. Connected by wooden boardwalks, these buildings comprised the cottage-style housing section in the far northwest corner of the University of Nevada campus. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

1911

1911

A view of the length of Manzanita Hall with the long wooden porch, 1911. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Dam and tram

Dam and tram

The 1911 construction of the dam topped by a tram at the south end of Manzanita Lake. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Lakefront property

Lakefront property

Manzanita Hall reflected in Manzanita Lake, ca. 1912. Photo by Samuel B Doten. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Movie set

Movie set

In a scene from 20th Century-Fox's 1949 movie "Mother is a Freshman," five unidentified co-eds walk across the tram at the edge of Manzanita Lake, with two young men seated on the railing. Manzanita and Lincoln Halls are in the background. Photo by Reno News Service. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

1929

1929

Manzanita Hall, the Dining Hall, the Infirmary Building, and the common lawn areas. Photo by Irving J Sandorf. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Chorale

Chorale

Group choral performance in Manzanita Bowl for the 1929 homecoming, with the tram and Manzanita Hall in the background. Photo by Irving J Sandorf. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

ca. 1965

ca. 1965

Manzanita Hall and trees reflected in Manzanita Lake, circa 1965. Photo by Stanley Palmer. Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Dorm life, 1985

Dorm life, 1985

These images are from the 1985 Artemesia and show students gathered in the lounge and bedrooms of Manzanita Hall Image courtesy of University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Amanda Buell and Reno Historical Team, “Manzanita Hall,” Reno Historical, accessed August 16, 2017, http://renohistorical.org/items/show/73.
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