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Nevada Appeal - News
"Projects like this don't come along very often," said Art Hannafin, architect and owner of Hannafin Design Associates, a co-director of the Chinese Workers Museum and architect for Destination Nevada.
Hannafin Design Associates - Staff
Obituary: Arthur (Art) Alfred ...
Obituary: Arthur (Art) Alfred Hannafin
Obituary: Arthur (Art) Alfred Hannafin
Well known community leader and longtime Carson City architect and resident, Arthur (Art) Alfred Hannafin, 81, passed away Nov. 28, 2012 at his home with loving family by his side.
Art was born June 13, 1931 in Providence, R.I., to Arthur and Albina Hannafin.
In 1973, Art brought his family to Carson City where he began his long career as an architect for the Carson/Tahoe area.
designs included hundreds of custom residential projects in addition to many other public and commercial facilities.
Art was also a very active civic leader serving on numerous Carson City boards and committees, such as the Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee, Arts Alliance Building Committee (Brewery Art Center), the Board of the Eagle Valley Children's Home, and the Western Nevada Community College Advisory Board (Foundation Trustee).
He also served as President of Western Nevada Builder's Association and was active in several other organizations.
In Sep. 2012, he
was honored with the Carson City
Historic Preservation Award for his
commitment in preserving Nevada's historical resources.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker and explorer in both the desert and the Sierra.
interest in mountain climbing took off in earnest in his
early 50s as he
climbed many Sierra peaks with friends.
kept up his
climbing until Parkinson's Disease started to slow him down in his
Even so, despite his
routinely went for his
morning walks with his
canine companion, Shadow, by his
will always be remembered for his
warmth and kindness, his
keen interest in the lives of family and friends, his
sense of wonder and enthusiasm for the world around us, and that special twinkle in his
Art is survived by his devoted wife, Marlene, the love of his life for the past 25 years; children, Paul Hannafin (Rina), Geoffrey Hannafin, Julie Hannafin (Tom), and Mark Hannafin (Olga), John "Jay" Gardner (Sue), Terri Upton (Ed), and Shawna Lukasko (Jim); 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Pat Shelton (Jim); and brother, Ed Hannafin (Heidi).
Architect Arthur Hannafin of Hannafin Darney Architects in Carson City said he has been thinking about planning in downtown to stimulate economic growth for years.He has been on a committee planning for the completion of the freeway.
"I'm absolutely thrilled the bypass is moving ahead," Hannafin
said.The bypass and the move of businesses to Douglas County have given a new push to planning in the redevelopment area, he
said.He said he is an advocate of mixed-use zoning, but not for the entire redevelopment district downtown.
"Some of our most prized assets would be jeopardized.We have to move quietly and carefully.We want to make our downtown area more enriched and more vital," Hannafin
Co-directors Art Hannafin and Khan Tung told the Nevada Appeal newspaper that they hope to make the Chinese Workers Museum of America an attraction for tourists and scholars alike, as well as a repository for early Chinese American artifacts.
said the design of the centerpiece would evoke the dream of Chinese immigrants -- that of a gold mountain promising prosperity.But what it turned out to be in reality was a dream denied, he
...Hannafin, owner of the Carson City architectural firm Hannafin Design Associates, and Tung, the company's senior associate, hope to open the museum in the next four or five years with the help of private donations.