State Printing Building
Original Date Visited: 5/27/07
Tracking down Marker 250
Step One: Find the original Printing Building of Carson City.
- For reasons beyond our understanding, the SHPO enlisted the help of the Carson City Roads Department by choosing an address that dated around the late 1990s. The road department labels the pathway on the capitol grounds as "S. Fall Street," yet "S. Fall Street" is nowhere to be found on any map prior to and after 2001. This is one of those ridiculous cases where the SHPO dropped the ball so far down the well it's downright crystal by now.
Here is what you see as you exit the glass doors of the Archives Lobby!
Step Two: There are two ways to get here, but each one requires a walk onto the Capitol plaza. You'll find  plastered right at the front door of the former Print Building (today's "Division of Archives & Records") which stands directly behind the Capitol.
- Start by parking on E. King Street (from Stewart Street) and use the crosswalk to access Capitol Plaza from the east. You'll be walking right through the lobby of the Archives Building to the other side onto the Capitol grounds. Right as you exit the glass doors you'll see this building and the marker on your left. To see the actual printing building itself walk a few hundred yards to the building on your right. How's that for a toughy?
Completed in 1886, the State Printing Building is the second oldest structure built by the State within the Capitol Complex. Architects Morrill J. Curtis and Seymore Pixley, designed the Italianate structure to compliment the older State Capitol (1870). Curtis was responsible for many significant buildings throughout Nevada and the West, including the octagonal library annex to the rear of the State Capitol (1906). Like many important structures in Carson City, this building is constructed of sandstone ashlar quarried at the nearby State Prison and is a significant example of state governmental architecture for the period. From 1886 to 1964, the building housed the offices and presses of the State Printer.
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