Just up the hill from the Old Truckee Jail (see yesterday’s post), is this lovely old Victorian, the Warren Richardson house. We are especially enamored with its window up top, which features a bright red spider.
The house was built in 1887 by Richardson, one of the early pioneer citizens of Truckee and also one of its wealthiest.
He and his brother, George, were in the lumber and mining business for nearly 25 years. A native of Maine, Warren married Maggie Morrison of Michigan. They had four children, Warren Jr., George, Raymond and Ralph. When Maggie died, he married Sarah Ward. Richardson died in 1907 and is interred in Colfax, California.
In its later years, the Warren Richardson house was a boarding home and known as “The Flop House.” The home stayed in the family until 1940.