RENO — The National Park Service recently announced they have approved the City of Reno’s nomination for the Southern Pacific/Amtrak Railroad Depot (located at 280 N. Center St.) to be on the National Register for Historic Places.
On May 9, the Reno City Council unanimously approved the concept of renovating the historic part of the Depot into a new heritage center. Earlier this year, the City of Reno received a Certified Local Government Grant from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office in the amount of $29,900 to assist with the planning for the new heritage center.
The proposed heritage center would be located at the historic Amtrak Depot and will focus on educating residents and visitors about Reno’s diverse historical resources through a variety of interactive formats. The heritage center also will serve as the base for programming related to the National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places (TWHP) initiative. Programming to support the TWHP initiative will include displays and educational materials which can serve as a hub for lesson plans dedicated to educating Washoe County School District students about historic properties and their broader cultural significance.