Lake Mansion: Home to Reno's Founding Family (Paperback)

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Lake Mansion owners played a significant role in Reno's history. This story is told through mini-biographies of the prominent owners of the Lake Mansion and describes their important roles in Reno's history. Learn about Ria and Jerome Marsh, Jane and Myron Lake, Tina and Carl Otto Herz, Viola and Olin Ward and Agueda and Felix Turrillas and what they contributed to the settlement of Reno. The story includes descriptions of the construction and architecture of the building from 1876 to present day. The book concludes with a description of how the Lake Mansion was saved from the wrecking ball. Included in the book are 48 photographs and illustrations, and a map of the sites of the Lake Mansion.


The Lake Mansion was built for the Marsh family. When wealthy rancher, land developer and entrepreneur (Washington Jerome) "Rome" Marsh and his wife Maria or "Ria" pronounced with a long i, as she preferred to be called, moved to the Truckee Meadows, they needed a house large enough to accommodate their children, Wilber, William, Charles, Laura, Mary Alice, Warren and Edna.

About the Author

Patricia (Patty) Cafferata has had a diverse career in politics, law and as an author. She is an attorney and former Nevada State Treasurer (1983-1987), State Assemblywoman (1981-1983) and district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties in Nevada. Cafferata was the first woman elected to constitutional office in Nevada when she was elected state treasurer in 1982. When she was appointed district attorney of Esmeralda County to fill a vacancy, she became the only woman and one of only three people to serve as district attorney of three Nevada counties. Cafferata has authored numerous books including Christmas in Nevada; Lake Mansion: Home to Reno's Founding Families; The Goldfield Hotel: Gem of the Desert; Mapes Hotel and Casino: The History of Reno’s Landmark Hotel; More than a Song and a Dance: The Heyday of Piper's Opera House; Tales of the Biggest Little City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada; Tales of the Biggest LIttle City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada, Volume II; and Tales of the Biggest Little City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada, Volume III. She also coauthored her Mother’s memoirs, Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again, and edited A Walk through Time: the Historic Powning's Addition in Reno, Nevada. Cafferata is a lifelong resident of Reno. Patty and her late husband, Dr. Treat Cafferata, are parents of two daughters, Elisa Cafferata and Farrell Cafferata, and one son, Reynolds Cafferata. Patty is a graduate of Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada; Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; and Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…

"Stories about the prominent Lake Mansion families provide insight into Reno's history."
—Guy Rocha, Assistant Administrator, Nevada State Library & Archives.

"A subject that appeals, in language that reveals, and style that proceeds to the end."
—Clara Turrillas Oroz, who grew up in the Lake Mansion.

"VSA arts at the Lake Mansion is thrilled to have this well-researched and interesting account of its families and the building's journey from 1876 to present."
—Mary Ellen Horan, Executive Director of VSA arts at the Lake Mansion.

"A welcome contribution which adds enlivened meaning to the historic significance of the Lake Mansion."
—Margaret Turrillas, who grew up in the Lake Mansion.

"Informative and easy to read story about some of Reno's important settlers."
—Barbara Goff, Jane Lake's great-granddaughter.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780974699639
Publisher: Eastern Slope Publisher
Publication Date: January 1st, 2006
Pages: 80