Historic Virginia City hotel on the market
Daan Eggenberger has spent the last decade reconstructing the Tahoe House Hotel in Virginia City.
And now that the project is complete, Eggenberger is selling the 151-year-old property for $2.8 million. It’s listed by Chase International.
Eggenberger, 65, said the property, which he rebuilt after buying it in the mid-1990s, is known for its colorful history.
For starters, the building collapsed in 1946 after falling into disrepair. After a decade of work, Eggenberger managed to reopen the hotel for business in June 2009.
Eggenberger, who spent most of his career building homes around Lake Tahoe, said when he bought the property, “The only thing that was left were four steel columns and the brick up to the deck line.”
“It was do or die,” he said. “I never expected to spend a decade of my life rehabbing an old hotel in Virginia City.”
Originally, the hotel boasted 38 closet-sized rooms. The hotel today has 16 rooms, including a honeymoon suite with a full kitchen. And unlike its initial days, all rooms have cable television and private baths.
He managed to maintain the Victorian-theme throughout the building and even added an authentic wood stove from the era in its great room.
In its heyday during the 1860s, Eggenberger said the hotel attracted professionals such as mining engineers, doctors and lawyers.
One of its caretakers in the late 19th century was Laura D. Fair, a southern sympathizer from Mississippi, who is said to have shot at a Union soldier at the hotel. Eggenberger said it’s still debated if she tried to shoot or stab him.
Fair was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death when she shot and killed a man she was having an affair with in Oakland. She was granted a stay of execution by the California Supreme Court a couple of weeks before she was scheduled to be hanged.
Eggenberger said it was likely Samuel Clemens frequented the Tahoe House Hotel, too.
“So the historical aspect is obviously what’s going on here and it’s why people come,” he said.
And after all these years of work, Eggenberger is ready for something new.
“I want to do some climbing and paragliding and bike riding,” Eggenberger said. “I never thought my life would be this much attached to what’s here.”