This home was constructed in 1875 in a wor king-class neighborhood in
the eastern portion of Virginia City. At the time the house was built,
the Comstock Lode was at its zenith. The house is a vernacular or "Folk
Victorian" one-and-a-half story, wood-framed building with a steeply-pitched,
gabled roof that combines simple elements of the Italianate and Greek
Revival styles. The building's facade sports matching bay windows on either
side of the entry. Timothy Francis McCarthy, a blacksmith from County
Cork, Ireland, brought his nephew over from Ireland to assist him with
the construction of his home. The McCarthy family included Timothy, his
second wife, Frances, their two children, two children from a previous
marriage, his brother James, and nephew Robert Dwyer. The McCarthy House
provided just over 700 square feet of living space for this large family;
the building included a parlor, kitchen, and one large and two small bedrooms
on the first floor. The second floor was not finished as living space
but was used as a sleeping area by the McCarthys. The 19th-century outhouse
and an adjoining woodshed still stand on the property.
Front entrance of McCarthy House
Photo by Terri McBride, Courtesy
of Nevada State Historic Preservation Office
The McCarthy family has retained ownership of the house since its construction.
The home stood vacant from 1915, when Timothy moved to Arizona to live
with one of his sons, until 1986, when his grandson John McCarthy moved
into the house and oversaw its restoration, including the installation
of electricity and indoor plumbing, finishing the second story and a rear
McCarthy House, built in 1875
Photo by Terri McBride, courtesy of Nevada State Historic Preservation
The McCarthy House is located at 50 South I St. in Virginia City.
It is privately owned by the McCarthy family and not open to the public.