This site is part of the Black Springs tour, a partnership with Our Story, Inc. Visit the Tours page for the tour introduction and complete list of sites.

The house at 265 Kennedy Drive is one of the few from the early years that was constructed on site rather than moved here. It likely dates to the early 1950s. Thurman Carthen remembers it as the prettiest one in the neighborhood when he moved to Black Springs with his family in 1956.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, this was the home of the Chatman family. John Chatman, Jr. was the reverend at the Mount Hope Baptist Church at 115 Kennedy Drive in the mid-1970s, and was an employee of the Nevada Bell Telephone Company. In the 1977 publication Reno Linkage, Ruth Giles identified Chatman as the "only black religious reporter on radio in 1976."

The house sits on a larger lot than most in the neighborhood. On its 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.



265 Kennedy Drive, Reno, Nevada