UPDATED: Efforts begin to save Cafe at Adele’s building in Carson City
UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 27, 2019: The Carson City Historical Society has launched a fundraising campaign to preserve the 155 year old Adele’s building at 1112 N. Carson St.
According to a Dec. 27 story from the Nevada Appeal, the board set up a Go Fund Me page with the effort to raise $100,000.
Those funds will be made available to a future building owner in exchange for a commitment to the preservation of the historical portion of the building, the society said in a press release.
“… The Carson City Historical Society hopes to save Adele’s through community donations to this preservation fund. Please help us save this once beautiful home for our future generations,” said Jeff Loflin, CCHS president.
The original story from Dec. 26 is below:
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Carson City Historical Society is taking charge of an effort to save the 155-year-old building known as Cafe at Adele’s.
The society’s board is meeting Thursday, Dec. 26, to discuss it and will eventually announce plans to get the Carson City community involved to preserve the building that’s now slated for demolition.
The property has been for sale since 2018 and the restaurant was closed in March after a fire in the laundry area. The owners, Charlie and Karen Abowd, have said they are unable to reach an agreement with their insurance provider to cover the $1.5 million needed to rehabilitate it.
Last week, the Carson City Planning Commission approved a special use permit to let the Chevron gas station and ExtraMile convenience store next door expand into the property, which would require tearing down the historic building.
At the meeting, Frank Lepori, owner, Frank Lepori Construction Inc., the contractor on the project, agreed to make the building available at no cost to anyone who wanted to take responsibility for moving it to another location. He said it would need to be moved by March 1.
The building is also known as the Frank Murphy House, named for the general manager of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad who once lived there.
It later became Porter’s Antiques, then the Music Box, and finally Adele’s restaurant in the late 1970s.
Go to http://cchistorical.org/ to learn more about the Carson City Historical Society.
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