Washoe County is named for the Washo Indian tribe that inhabited the area.
Created: November 25, 1861
Washoe City 1861 – 1871
Reno 1871 – present
County Courthouse – Reno
Location: 117 South Virginia Street / Court Street
Built: 1909 – 1911
Style: Classical Revival and Beaux Arts
Architect: Frederic J DeLongchamps of Reno
Contractor: Sellman Brothers of Reno
Description: The building faces east and is a two story stone structure. The east front has a large portico supported by six Corinthian columns that rise to a wide header. The recessed entrance has stone framing. A wide cornice runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large dome with black colored copper roof. The building incorporates the red colored brick walls of the 1871 to 1873 courthouse. Additions were added in 1946 with construction of the north wing and in 1949 with construction of the south wing. Frederic J DeLongchamps designed these additions to either side of courthouse. The new wings replicated the design of the original building. A large modern five story addition was added at 75 Court Street on the west side in 1963 to 1964. The modern building is a five story concrete and glass structure. The architect was DeLongchamps, O’Brien and Wells and the contractor was L E Dixon Company and J H Tiberti Construction Company.
Note: The cost of construction was $250,000.
See: Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Douglas County, Humboldt County, Lander County, Lyon County and Perishing County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.
Mills B Lane Justice Center – Reno
Location: 1 Sierrra Street / Court Street
Built: 2004 – 2006
Architect: Tate Synder Kimsey Architects
Contractor: Clark & Sullivan
Description: The building faces east and is a six story concrete and glass style structure. The main entrance is on the north side with a glass section facing onto a raised plaza. The building houses the Justice Court, City of Reno Municipal Court and court offices.
Photos taken 2013