785 Manor Drive
The Newlands neighborhood is always a treasure trove of homes for our tours and this year is no exception. The beautiful little brick gem at 785 Manor was probably built around 1935. Architecturally speaking, it is a one-story, three-bay modest early Minimal Traditional dwelling with Spanish Colonial Revival influences. A tasteful addition extends to the rear so the home presents its original façade, set back from the street with lush landscaping and an inviting brick path leading to the front steps. A number of interesting Reno residents owned this home; one particularly notable one was Albert Frisch, who bought the property in 1939. Frisch was the brother of Roy Frisch, the banker who disappeared from Court Street in March of 1934, presumed to have been kidnapped and killed by Baby Face Nelson. Another resident was Emil Voigt, who owned the home from 1956 through 1969. Voigt, who was born in Germany, was a Cadastral Engineer with the Nevada BLM for 42 years. Current owner Serena Robb purchased the home in December of 1970. The charm of the home envelops you the minute you walk in the door, with its original hardwood floors, coved ceilings, arched doorways and a wonderful fireplace surround from an early Virginia City structure. There is a roomy kitchen, enlarged during a mid-1980s remodel that also added a master bedroom, sitting room and bathroom with laundry to the back of the home. Serena’s art, collectibles and interesting décor items, such as wooden area rugs from Israel, add interest and personality to the home.