Lake Mansion Moving Back Downtown

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One of Reno's first homes is moving back close to its original address.

The Reno City Council voted on Wednesday to authorize a lease for a 17,547 square foot, 53-space parking lot at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Court Street for the historic Lake Mansion.

The mansion, which originally stood near the Truckee River in downtown Reno, was moved to the site of the current convention center three decades ago.

It's named for Myron Lake, who's considered the founder of Reno, which originally was named Lake's Crossing, for his toll bridge over the Truckee. It was built in 1877 by W.J. Marsh, who sold it to Lake in 1879, although he never lived in it.

Lake and his wife Jane divorced that year and she got the house.

Under Wednesday's agreement, VSA Arts of Nevada, which has acquired most of the funding needed to move the mansion into Reno's arts and cultural district, will pay the city $500 for use of the land in the first year with the amount increasing 3 percent a year after that.