Debbie Hinman—Exploring the El Reno Apartment Homes

Debbie Hinman
  • Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 Noon
  • Location: Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street

The El Reno Apartment Homes are examples of the work of architect Paul Revere Williams. In 1936, Williams built a demonstration house made of steel for the Architects Building Materials exhibition in Los Angeles. A year later, Reno builder Roland Giroux had 15 of the homes shipped to Reno and assembled at 1307 S. Virginia St. Ten years later, the units were sold off individually and moved to other spaces; twelve of the units still exit. Debbie will present an overview of the homes and some history of them and their occupants.

Debbie Hinman is a Reno native and a University of Nevada, Reno graduate. For the past 20 years, she has been involved with Historic Reno Preservation Society as a tour guide, and as a researcher and writer for the HRPS publication FootPrints. She is vice president and interim president of the HRPS Board of Directors, and chairs the City of Reno Historical Resources Commission.