New Yorker Alden J. Bennett, a versatile college educated engineer, arrived at Virginia City in 1870. After teaching, ranching, and bookkeeping, the energetic Bennett found his niche in banking, becoming a partner in the Hall and Bennett Bank in 1889. Bennett’s outstanding dedication to the community included serving seven terms as Virginia City mayor. By 1879, Bennett had completed this substantial home for himself and his new bride, Mary. Three children and financial success precipitated several additions, and by 1890, the charming residence had acquired its present Queen Anne appearance. Exquisite interior finishing, including three sets of pocket doors, made the home a Virginia City showcase. In 1912, the Bennetts’ youngest son returned here to practice law. Lyman H. Bennett served as judge on the district court for many years and resided in the family home until his death in 1967.