Jacobs Entertainment Moving Two Historic Homes To Make Way For West Downtown Development

By Jeffrey Beall (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jeffrey Beall (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jacobs Entertainment announced today that it is moving two historic homes on West Fourth Street in order to make way for the company’s arts and entertainment district west of downtown.

“The company secured and purchased land to be used in its efforts to relocate two historic homes: the Borland-Clifford House and the Nystrom Guest House,” Jacobs announced in a statement. “As part of the effort to relocate the two homes, Jacobs Entertainment will be filing demolition permits with the city of Reno. Property relocation falls under the demolition category.”

Jacobs did not say where the homes would be moved, but that the Borland-Clifford House will be moved this month to a private parcel while the Nystrom house will be relocated this summer.

Both homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Borland-Clifford House was built in 1875 and is one of the oldest homes in Reno. The Nystrom Guest House served as a divorce boarding house, contributing to Reno’s status as the “Divorce Capital of the World.”

“We recognize the vital roles both of these buildings played in Reno’s history,” said Jeff Jacobs, the chief executive officer of Jacobs Entertainment. “As we continue in our plans to revitalize downtown Reno, we recognize how important it is to the community to preserve Reno’s rich history and culture. We fully intend to keep the integrity of these buildings as we move forward with our relocation efforts.”

Jacob’s Fountain District is planned to be a $500 million arts, residential, and entertainment area while minimizing “poor, substandard housing conditions in downtown Reno,” according to the company.

Two new sculptures coming to West Fourth Street

Jacobs has been purchasing properties and demolishing them as part of their development efforts.

CORRECTION: The Borland-Clifford House was build in 1875, not 1885 as originally reported.

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  1. Hi Bob,
    As someone who has researched and written about these two homes, I wanted to correct the date you gave for the Borland/Clifford house. It was completed in 1875, not 1885. I’m so happy these two homes will be saved, thanks for your story!

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