City of Fallon Buys Historic Mansion

The Fallon City Council has approved the purchase of a historic mansion across the street from City Hall.

Mayor Ken Tedford Junior says said the 26-hundred-square-foot
Douglass Mansion, built in 1904, will be renovated for use as city
offices with modern upgrades.

He says an adjacent eight-unit apartment building will be torn down to make room for more downtown parking.

Council members last week approved the purchase of the two buildings for 665-thousand dollars.

Owners Jerry and Suzanne Noonkester, who bought the house in 1996, had operated a bed and breakfast in it.

City Councilman Willis Swan says the city is "bursting at the seams" and could use the mansion for staff overflow and meeting rooms.

The house was built for R.L. Douglass, who lived in it for only two years with his wife. While it was a single-family residence most of its existence, the house also served as a medical office and real estate office over the years.

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