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Cabin added to historic list

A 61-year-old log cabin in Zephyr Cove has been added to Nevada’s list of historic places.

The Lena N. Gale cabin was built in 1940 at Zephyr Cove’s first subdivision and used as a summer home.

Bert Bedeau, administrator of the Comstock Historic District Commission in Virginia City, nominated the building for inclusion on the state list of historic places.



The cabin, he said, exemplifies rustic architecture favored for recreational dwellings in the first half of the 20th century.

”Its simple rectangular form, peeled log construction, decorative notching and exposed log ends, rough stone chimney and foundation and simple trim are all hallmarks of this style as applied to a middle-class summer cabin,” Bedeau said.




Gale built the cabin in 1940 and sold it to West and Beth Moreau in 1945. Bedeau said the Moreaus named the cabin “Good Medicine” when they purchased it, and the name has been used ever since.

The Moreaus owned the cabin from 1945 until the current owner purchased it in 1996.

The state Historic Preservation Office also added the Safeway Store building at Fifth and North Virginia streets in Reno to the state’s list of historic places.

The building represents the initial transition in the north end of downtown Reno from residential to commercial land use.

Built in 1931, the corner segment of the three- unit brick commercial building housed Reno’s first self-service Safeway grocery store. The store operated at the site until 1952.


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