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Judge W.A. Sawle House

The Judge W.A. Sawle House, a remarkable historical residence at 155 Central Street in Tonopah, Nevada, was built in 1904. This Late Victorian and Colonial Revival style home is not only architecturally significant but also deeply intertwined with the local history, having been home to the notable Justice of the Peace, W.A. Sawle.

Judge W.A. Sawle House

Judge W.A. Sawle House Overview

This frame house features a unique “T”-shaped plan, complete with a verandah adorned with balustrade and wooden jig-cut bracketing, and a hipped roof. The design reflects the architectural trends of the era while also embodying the personal story of its owner, W.A. Sawle.

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Judge W.A. Sawle House History

Judge W.A. Sawle, a key figure in Nye County, constructed this house for himself. His life in the house saw significant contributions to Tonopah, including his roles as Nye County’s recorder and auditor, his efforts in establishing the city’s first Justice Court building, and his investments in the local mining industry.


  • 1904: Construction of the Judge W.A. Sawle House.
  • May 20, 1982: The house is added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Tonopah, Nye County

GPS Coordinates

38.0672°N, 117.23193°W

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155 Central Street, Tonopah, Nevada

Today, the Judge W.A. Sawle House stands as a testament to Tonopah’s architectural heritage and its historical journey. This residence not only showcases unique architectural features but also serves as a reminder of the pivotal role individuals like Judge Sawle played in the development of the town.

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