Rinckel Mansion

Carson City
  39.16392, -119.76818

Carson's Westside Historical District is a bit like a breath of fresh air, a lush green oasis of shade trees and a picture-perfect version of Norman Rockwell meets Sam Clemens. Grand heritage at its finest. The thing is, tourists to Carson City have no clue what resides to the west of Carson Street. And many of us would like to keep it that way." -- Journal Entry, June 2007

102 N. Curry Street -- Carson City
* West one block from Carson Street to King Street *

Original Date Visited: 5/27/07

Signed: No

Notes: This marker was one of thirty markers that was re-vamped in 2015 in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque). This re-dedication eliminated the original "Metal" slab marker that once stood in front of the mansion on the Curry Street. The SHPO replaced it with a fresh blue "Standard" marker, but re-located it onto the King Street side.

  • Marker 252 plaque
  • Marker 252 in Carson City

Exact Description:
Completed in 1876, this palatial residence represents one of the finest and best preserved examples of High Victorian Italianate architecture remaining in the American West.

Charles H. Jones, a French-schooled designer, constructed the residence for Mathias Rinckel using European craftsmen. The mansion is constructed of pressed brick resting upon a sandstone ashlar foundation. The sandstone originated from the Nevada State Prison Quarry. The brick came from Carson Valley and knot-free lumber was obtained from the pine forests of Lake Tahoe.

Rinckel, a German immigrant and pioneer Carson City merchant, accumulated a degree of wealth in the gold fields of the Feather River district of California from 1849 to 1859. He increased his fortune in mining at Virginia City during that city's infancy. In 1863, Rinckel settled in Carson City, where he engaged in livestock and butchering. As a successful merchant, he supplied the mining and timber districts surrounding Eagle Valley with meat.

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