RENO, NV - The City of Reno installed the first of many signs designating the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Conservation District Friday.The neighborhood contains some of the oldest homes in Reno south of the Truckee River. Among them you'll find examples of Queen Anne Revival and Craftsman architecture. Organizers say establishing the area as a Conservation District gives it the historical significance of a Historic District without the strict restrictions. The boundaries of the Conservation District are Holcomb Avenue, Locust Street, Ryland Avenue, and Vassar Street. This is the second designated Conservation District located within the City of Reno.
The signs were made possible by donations from the Historic Reno Preservation Society and the Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board. The design for the signs was donated by Sadie Bonnette of Sasquaack Design. Prior to the adoption of the Conservation District, a detailed survey of the entire district was required. Every parcel and structure within the boundaries was photographed and documented by dozens of volunteers including members of the 2010 UNR Planning Club and residents of the Wells Avenue neighborhood. The raw survey material was compiled and edited into its final form by UNR history students Ashley Best and Morgan Waldrup who were awarded the Historic Reno Preservation Society Endowment Scholarship in 2011 and 2012.
The Wells Avenue neighborhood of today has experienced a renewed interest among homeowners and business owners. Groups like the Wells Avenue Merchants and Property Owners Association, the City of Reno Neighborhood Advisory Board, the West of Wells Neighborhood Group, and the East of Wells Neighborhood Group have helped to organize and reinstate a culture of neighborhood pride and improvement. Establishing the Conservation District will promote and reinforce the activities of these groups while recognizing the unique history of the area.