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Welcome to The Richardson House History Page. Like so much of Truckee and the Sierra Nevada mountain towns, The Richardson House too, has it's place in history. Please visit this page frequently to learn along with us as we continue to uncover the historical secrets of The Richardson House and history that makes the region such a rich place.
Written by houseadmin on Wednesday, 06 October 2010
October 21 and 22, 2010
The 2nd Annual Historical Haunted Walking Tour is around the corner. Tickets are selling fast for this unique tour of Historic Downtown Truckee, which benefits the Truckee Donner Historical Society and Trails & Vistas. The tour starts at Moody's Bistro and Lounge, where participants will enjoy a glass of wine on the house. Guides will take guests around to some of Truckee's natorious haunts and listen to stories from the past. This year's featured stops are the Truckee Hotel, the River Street Inn, Truckee Book & Bean, Squeeze In, The Richardson House and the Old Jail Museum. Raffle prizes include a 2 night stay at The Richardson House and 2 round trip Southwest Airlines tickets. Visit the Histrical Haunted Walking Tour's website for more information and to purchase your tickets! Purchase Tickets Here
Truckee History Tour Makes the News
Travel Calendar - LA TimesHistorical Haunted Walking Tour.
When, where: Oct. 21 and 22, meet at Moody's Bistro & Lounge. Highlights: During this second annual event,...
Truckee - The TicketLeap Blog
Moody's Bistro & Lounge and benefits two local non-profit organizations: Trails and Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society. ...
2nd Annual Truckee Historical Haunted Tour - The Union of Grass Valley
...historic tales come to life in Truckee's 2nd Annual Historical Haunted Walking Tour. ... Trails and Vistas and the Truckee-Donner Historical Society. ...
Written by houseadmin on Thursday, 26 August 2010
On the west side of Truckee, just off Donner Pass Road, stands a large cross. The cross was erected by Tuckee citizens in 1887 as a memorial to the members of the Donner Party. Originally, the cross was placed on the site of the Graves-Reed cabin at Donner Lake. This Spring the cross rotted through and fell over. The Truckee Donner Historical Society, together with Mark Tanner Construction and many generous donations, replaced the Donner Cross. The Richardson House was able to make a donation towards the project, helping to ensure the memory of those lives lost so many years ago.
To read the full Sierra Sun article click here.
Written by houseadmin on Tuesday, 20 July 2010
JD Hoss was at The Richardson House to broadcast live while giving away a key to the Big Black Box last week. Sheri Gerber was the first to race to the scene and collect a key for a chance to win $3000.00 at the end of Summer. Congratulations!
Written by houseadmin on Wednesday, 07 July 2010
KTKE's annual Big Black Box contest is in full swing. Every summer the Big Black Box parks itself in front of a local business. Residents try all summer to win 1 of 100 keys for a chance to unlock the Box. This year $3000.00 awaits the lucky winner. The Box has been in front of the Richardson House for the last few days waiting for a live key give-a-way. Who will be the lucky winner of The Richardson House's Key? Listen to 101.5 FM or visit www.truckeetahoeradio.com for more information on the contest and maybe a hint for your chance to win!
Written by houseadmin on Wednesday, 09 June 2010
May 30, 2010 Reno Gazette Journal by Siobhan McAndrew
Christina Stoever Young and Chelsea Walterscheid know something about saving old buildings. It's only fitting that Young and Walterscheid are matched advocates in saving the Richardson House, a downtown Truckee home that was built in the 1880s.
Young, a Wooster High School and University of Nevada, Reno graduate, worked 12 years ago as a public relations executive on trying to save the Mapes Hotel. She was honored for her public relations campaign to save the downtown hotel, which was demolished in 2000.
Walterscheid, of Truckee, fights to preserve old buildings in the mountain community about 30 minutes from Reno. As president of Truckee's Historical Society, Walterscheid was successful in working with the town of Truckee to have a stretch of downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She also has fought developers who tried to tear down older homes to make way for new construction.
Richardson House is a two-story Victorian home built by George and Warren Richardson, brothers who moved west during the Gold Rush and became one of the area's most successful logging families. Warren lived in the home with his family and is the great-grandfather of Mark Richardson of Reno's Richardson Gallery of Fine Art. His father lived in the home as a child. "A neat side story is that my great-grandfather went to the Chicago World Fair and studied steam locomotives," Mark Richardson said. "He took that information and came back and built the wood railroad tracks," Richardson said, of the way the logging company moved lumber in and out of the area. "It just shows you what innovative entrepreneurs they were."
Walterscheid said the family home became a boarding house before it was abandoned after a California couple, who bought the home in the 1990s to run as a bed and breakfast, got divorced. Young, who runs Sunshine Tahoe, a marketing company in Truckee, and her husband, Kent, a gaming executive who commutes to Las Vegas, bought the home in December. They hired Walterscheid as house manager.
The home has had a $150,000 face-lift and is now being used as meeting space for local nonprofits, including the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Trails and Vistas, two groups that raise money to protect historic and open spaces in the region. The home also is available to rent as a high-end vacation rental. The almost 5,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and can sleep 12. The kitchen and bathrooms are renovated and modern. The large porch overlooks downtown Truckee, and restaurants and shopping are about 200 yards away.
"It's a killer piece of historical real estate," said Mark Estee, executive chef of Moody's Bistro & Lounge in downtown Truckee. He said he considered buying the home, which is only a "stone's throw" from his restaurant. "The idea that there is a home with that kind of history that can be used by a range -- from corporations to families -- as a retreat is a good thing."
Happened By Chance
The house came into Young and Walterscheid's lives by accident. Young said the timing wasn't right for them, but was right for the house. "Honestly, I say this and I mean it," said Young, "The house picked us." Walterscheid agreed. "We were talking about doing a haunted historic tour in downtown Truckee, and I said I might be able to get the Richardson House as part of the tour," Walterscheid said.
Young's marketing company, Sunshine Tahoe, was organizing the tour to help raise money for Truckee's Historical Society. After a renovation in the 1990s, when the home was turned into a high-end bed and breakfast, Walterscheid spent her wedding night in one of the rooms. She also worked for a short time at the home when it was a bed and breakfast.
"When I looked into including the home on the tour, I realized it had been abandoned for quite some time," she said. Walterscheid told Young, who had admired the house since moving to Truckee a few years ago, that it was for sale. When Young and her husband made the offer on the house, they knew they would need Walterscheid. "She was just so passionate about it and loves historic homes," Young said.
Being open for business and helping nonprofits is worth the hard work of the past five months, Young and Walterscheid said. Walterscheid said she has seen what happens to abandoned homes in Truckee. "They end up being in so much disarray that they can be condemned to build newer homes," she said. "Once they are gone, they are gone," said Young, who said she would trade her marketing award for her work on the Mapes to have the historic downtown Reno hotel still standing.
Walterscheid has started the process of having the home listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. "It's a way to hopefully preserve and encourage whoever owns it to remember its historical value," Young said. "The Richardson brothers and the importance of lumber industry is so much a part of this area's history," Walterscheid said. "It has to be something that is here for people to enjoy for a long time."
Written by houseadmin on Monday, 31 May 2010
As the school year winds down in Truckee, students wander out into the community to visit the places they have learned about during the school year. Local 3rd grade classes spend the year learning about Truckee's important role in California's history. Along with teachers and parents, these students visit China Wall, the Donner Campsite, the Old Jail Museum, Donner State Park, businesses in the Historic District and the cemetery, where Truckee Pioneers were laid to rest. The students also visited The Richardson House, where they were given a tour of the House and discussed Warren and George Richardson's role in California's lumber industry. The kids agreed that the coolest part of the House tour was the HUGE pocket doors and the long staircase.
Written by houseadmin on Saturday, 01 May 2010
The Richardson House was in need of new paint, she was looking worse for the wear. Accurate Painting & Staining, Inc. was hired to take care of this. The task hasn't been easy, as Mother Nature has decided our spring would be a snowy one. But at the end of each storm, the painting has resumed. The exterior has been brightening up each day and we can not wait to see the finished product!
Written by houseadmin on Monday, 26 April 2010
Custom Learning Academy, a local non-profit private K-12 school located in Tahoe Donner, held their Opening Night of Registration for the 2010-2011 School Year at the Richardson House on March 19th, 2010! Wine and cheese were served as this special event was enjoyed by our staff members and many of our Full Time Parents. Some new parents interested in learning more about our unique educational institution were in attendance as well. Fun was had by all in the historic charm and ambiance of this unique Truckee jewel. Thank you to Chelsea for attending to our needs and to Christina and Kent Young for donating this venue. To learn more about Custom Learning Academy please see customlearning.org. Submitted by Lisa Crosby, Executive Director of Custom Learning Academy
Written by houseadmin on Monday, 12 April 2010
George & Warren Richardson were born in Lincoln County, Maine in the 1830’s. Like many young men of their day, the brothers set out for California during the gold rush, attracted by the promise of fortune. George & Warren were successful lumbermen. Their box factory was one of the largest in the area and their firm name, The Richardson Brothers, was familiar with all lumbermen throughout California.
George and Warren Richardson settled in Truckee. Warren built this beautiful home for his wife and children in the 1880's. The House, prominently positioned above the town, reflects his important role in the development of the community. While a majority of homes in Truckee at that time were of modest scale, design and materials, the large Richardson house was built by one of the wealthiest men in town. You can see evidence of this in the quality of the materials and adornments throughout the house.
Written by houseadmin on Friday, 02 April 2010
The details throughout The Richardson House all seem to share a little piece of history. This decorative detail that greets visitors as they ascend to the second floor has its own story. In the early 1990s, this piece was thrown in the trash during the House's restoration. The owners at the time felt it was ugly and unusable. Jeannine Karnovski, who was the original manager of The Richardson House Bed & Breakfast, decided that it was much too valuable of a memento to discard. The piece was restored and rehung in its original location. We're certainly glad she did.
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