Then and Now |

Then and Now

Postal trucks wait for the next round of deliveries outside the historic Post Office at 50 S. Virginia Street in Reno in this 2001 photo by Max Chapman.
Courtesy Max Chapman |

Designed by Nevada’s preeminent architect, Frederic J. DeLongchamps in an Art Deco Moderne-style with unique archetectural details, the building at 50 South Virginia Street opened in 1934 as Reno’s main U.S. Post Office. It continued to be used as an auxiliary post office when the main post office moved into a larger facility 1975. In 2012, a development group lead by developer Bernie Carter purchased the property and restored it to it’s glory — including opening up a skylight that had been covered some time in it’s past, and uncovering and cleaning black Georgia marble and cast aluminum details. Today it houses retail shops in The Basement, West Elm furnishings on the main floor, and offices on the top floor.