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Chatman House

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The house at 265 Kennedy Drive appears to be the first house constructed on site in the neighborhood, in 1948. Thurman Carthen remembers it as the prettiest one in the neighborhood when he moved to Black Springs with his family in 1956.

Curtis Campbell Chatman applied for a building permit for a four-room house and detached garage in Black Springs in July of 1948, suggesting that the Sweatts had made an arrangement with him prior to formalizing the sale in 1949. Chatman was a Navy veteran and his wife, Berta, was on the publicity committee for a colored auxiliary to the American Women’s Voluntary Services, which was established in Reno in February 1943.

Chatman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and prior to this lived on Sutro Street in Reno while he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Sparks. The Chatmans’ house in Black Springs was a sizable one, with a permit worth $8000 at the time of its construction in 1948.

On the house's exterior, original board-and-batten siding (believed to be redwood) sits above a brick veneer wainscot. A unique touch is the small hexagonal window on the front facade.


The Chatman House The Chatman's house with its distinctive hexagonal window. Creator: Helen Townsell-Parker
Curtis Campbell Chatman One of the first Black residents of Black Springs, Curtis Campbell Chatman was a Navy veteran born in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his wife Berta purchased property from J.E. and Dorothy Sweatt and built their house in Black Springs in 1948-1949. Curtis Campbell Chatman died in 2003. Source: Reno Gazette-Journal Date: October 5, 2003


265 Kennedy Drive, Reno, Nevada


Alicia Barber, “Chatman House,” Reno Historical, accessed December 3, 2023,