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The Elm Estate is a premium wedding and event venue in historic Reno, Nevada. The fully renovated space mixes a clean, modern aesthetic with the rustic feel of a farmhouse. Once known as the Chism House, the estate is home to one of the oldest houses in Reno. Complete with a bridal suite, luxurious lounge, powder room, grooms’ quarters, pond, ceremony site, and reception hall, the venue is the first in its class in Reno. Located on the west side of town near the Truckee River and overlooking the eastern slope of the Sierra, the property spans several acres and provides ample parking for a broad range of events. Scheduled to open Spring 2018. Contact us today!


The original house was built in 1880 by Garner and Alice Chism and stood on a 115-acre ranch west of town. At the time, 2nd Street did not extend that far west and the property had to be accessed from 4th Street, across the railroad tracks. In the 1940s, additions were made to the original home including an expansion, a five-car garage, improved landscaping, sweeping driveway, and a large pond. John Chism, Garner’s oldest son, owned Chism Dairy from 1900 to 1950 and boasted the largest dairy in the state of Nevada in 1904. John’s brother Edward Warren Chism created the Chism Ice Cream Company in 1905. A waterwheel in the Truckee River provided power. Carnation eventually purchased the ice cream business and operated under the Chism name until the 1970s.

The estate was first used as a venue in 2007 and changed hands in 2015 when it was sold to Kari and Manfred Galgon along with the surrounding five parcels, including the Chism Trailer Park which is now called River West Resort. Kari Galgon is incredibly passionate about the historic site and has since installed state-of-the art kitchens, a reception hall, full bar, catering bays, and renovated the home to include top-of-the-line accents and appliances throughout. The Galgons now own 10 acres from the corner of Chism and West 2nd to Dickerson Road.



The Elm Estate is a high-end event venue opening in Spring 2018. Located on a private estate on the banks of the Truckee River with views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and minutes from downtown Reno, this is the perfect location for both you and your guests. The Elm Estate can accommodate all types events from weddings to fundraisers, meetings and corporate events, reunions and charity galas. The Elm Estate offers a one-of-a-kind venue that can seat 300 indoors or outdoors, and offers overnight accommodations as well. The staff at The Elm Estate is dedicated to creating your perfect event with planning and coordination services available.


  • 1401 W 2nd St, Reno, NV 89503
  • 775-450-8818
  • info@theelmestate.com
  • By Appointment Only

The Elm Estate – An Event Venue
1401 W 2nd St Reno, NV 89503
Tours by Appointment Only

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