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Lonnie Hammargren’s famous open house is back—maybe for the last time

Lonnie Hammargren’s home.
Photo: Corlene Byrd

It suggests an episode of Hoarders waiting to happen, but former Nevada Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammargren’s not-so-humble abode at 4318 Ridgecrest Drive is an institution in Las Vegas.

Pieced together over the past few decades with items that have no business being perched atop a residential home (see: historic marquee signage from local hotels and a model of the Discovery space shuttle), the “Hammargren Home of Nevada History” is something to celebrate.

Hammargren Open House 2012

And this Saturday, Lonnie and his wife, Sandy, will do just that when they open up their doors for the home’s 19th annual (and possibly last) open house, just one day after the 150th Nevada Day. Hammargren’s publicist says Lonnie might allow the public in again in the future, adding, “We’re old!” and that the team needs a “breather.”

Of course, you can drive by anytime to see the home’s unconventional exterior, but you’ll be kicking yourself this time next year if you miss the official tour.

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