Kruger White House Restoration
The mansion was built in 1873/1874 by W. H. Kruger, who was then a partner in the Truckee Lumber Company. It was originally designed as a single family residence, in the Queen Anne Eastlake Victorian style. It served as a hotel in the early 20th century.
The restored building currently houses a restaurant and specialty store, in the Brickelltown neighborhood west of downtown Truckee. In 1982 it was registered with the California Office of Historic Preservation, and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2015 Tanya Thayer and Aaron Bigelow purchased the CB White House. The White House was in extremely poor condition, and rotting literally in to the ground, as was the historic adjacent building the old Carriage House. After decades and decades of little to no maintenance and extreme neglect the buildings had begun to rot and collapse.
With extensive experience in historic building repair, refurbishment and restoration of pre-1900 built structures, Aaron Bigelow of Bigelow Construction began the pain-staking and challenging task of saving this piece of Truckee History. The goal was to restore as much as could be restored to the original. Utilizing old photographs and with the help of the Truckee Historic Society Bigelow/Thayer began this daunting task.
In the Town of Truckee the building is zoned and categorized as one of if not the most important historic structure in the Town. It is the oldest still standing original location mansion/home, and one of the least modified structures from original in the Town of Truckee. The Town of Truckee is now an incorporated area with a Town Council and a Historic Preservation Advisory Committee ( HPAC ) that offers advise and opinions on proposed changes and restoration methods. This began in 1993 the Town Incorporation and the advent of the HPAC board. After a few years of planning, meetings, negotiating and diligence, the project was given the green light to go! And thus the major renovation and restoration began.
Every attention to detail was carefully planned to remove, restore and replace architecture features to exact as is / as was conditions. With the benefit of modern construction materials and practices a better built better engineered building was achieved – while still keeping with the original architecture moldings and trim details to hide its inner skeleton of modern construction materials.