Designed by noted Nevada architect Frederic J. DeLongchamps, the Riverside was originally an impressive six-story hotel, built in the Late Gothic Revival style in 1926 to serve out-of-state visitors seeking to take advantage of Nevada’s then-liberal residency requirement (three months) for obtaining a divorce. The Riverside went into decline in the 1970s with the advent of no-fault divorce, and then closed in 1987. Transforming the historic building, Artspace converted the upper five floors into 35 artist live/work units, from which residents can enjoy panoramic views of downtown Reno, the Truckee River, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Riverside Artist Lofts
17 S. Virginia Street Reno, NV, 89501
City of Reno; National Equity Fund; Nevada Department of Housing; Nevada Historic Preservation Ofﬁce; U.S. Bancorp; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Washoe County; City of Reno; and U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Miller Dunwiddie Architecture and Sheehan VanWoert Bigotti Architecture
70,782 sq ft
35 live/work units on the upper five floors
I believe [this property] was pivotal to the transformation of the river corridor and demonstrated that clearly, people would live downtown.