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Immaculate Conception Church
Iglesia Cristiana Monte Sinai (Sparks NV) from SW 1.JPG
View from southwest, across Pyramid Way
Location 2900 McCarran Way, Sparks, Nevada
Area less than one acre
Built 1932
Architect DeLongchamps, Frederick J.
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival
MPS Architecture of Frederick J. DeLongchamps TR
NRHP reference No. 92001700
Added to NRHP December 23, 1992
South window IC Sparks
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 2017

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, is currently located at 2900 McCarran Way in Sparks, Nevada, United States. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno.

History

The former location on Prater Way in Sparks, Nevada was a brick Roman Catholic church that was built in 1932 to replace an earlier church that was built in 1905 but destroyed by a fire in 1930. It was designed by prolific Nevada architect Frederic J. DeLongchamps (1882-1969) in Mediterranean Revival architecture.

It was used as a Catholic church as late as 2004 when construction on a larger building was completed and the parish moved to current location. When the older building on Prater Way, Sparks, Nevada was photographed in 2014, it was operating under the name "Iglesia Cristiana Monte Sinai".

The older church building on Prater Way was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The building was deemed significant as the oldest surviving Catholic church in Sparks, as one of the first built in Nevada after the state became a diocese under 1931 decree of Pope Pius XI, and architecturally as a relatively rare use of Mediterranean Revival style in Nevada and "one of the many outstanding works" of DeLongchamps.

Its original form is "somewhat obscured" by a 1970 addition of a vestibule and porch on the front, added to provide handicapped access, but the addition was designed to be compatible architecturally.

The newer location had further construction in 2006 to build a Faith Foundation building in the east end of the parking lot. That construction was completed in 2007.

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