Job’s Peak Ranch makes national historic register
The Carson Valley home of a New Yorker who came to Nevada for relief from taxes and marriage is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Job’s Peak Ranch, located south of Genoa, was added to the register Jan. 11.
According to the State Historic Preservation Office, the ranch was built in 1936-37 by Dr. William Sharpe, who came to Nevada from New York for a divorce and the benefits of the “One Sound State” program, which promoted the area to wealthy people seeking relief from taxes in other states.
Sharpe’s ranch originally encompassed more than 1,000 acres and included a lavish Swiss chalet-style home, a chauffeur’s house and garage, elaborate rock retaining walls, a swimming pool and outbuildings, preservation officials say.
An architect named Russell Mills drew plans and supervised construction. Mills had worked as chief draftsman and office manager for Frederic DeLongchamps, the famous architect who designed the Minden Inn, the Douglas County courthouse on Eighth Street and the Fourth Street Farmer’s Bank building in Minden, all of which are on the national register.
Mills went on to design other buildings in Northern Nevada, but state historic preservation officials say Job’s Peak Ranch represents a rare Nevada variation of Swiss chalet architecture by combining the Swiss chalet and arts and crafts styles.
The ranch is one of 17 places in Douglas County on the national register. Some of the Carson Valley properties on the list include the original Carson Valley hospital in Gardnerville, the CVIC Hall in Minden and the Genoa Historic District.
A list of properties in the national and state historic registries is available online at http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us. Click on SHPO.