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El Cortez (Reno)

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El Cortez Hotel
Hotel in 2012
El Cortez (Reno)
El Cortez (Reno)
Location239 W. 2nd St., Reno, Nevada
Coordinates39°31′36″N 119°48′57″W / 39.52667°N 119.81583°W / 39.52667; -119.81583Coordinates: 39°31′36″N 119°48′57″W / 39.52667°N 119.81583°W / 39.52667; -119.81583
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectGeorge A. Ferris & Son
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference #84002078[1]
Added to NRHPJune 13, 1984

The El Cortez Hotel, at 239 W. 2nd St. in Reno, Nevada, is a historic Art Deco-style hotel that was designed by Reno architects George A. Ferris & Son and was built in 1931. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1][2]

It was deemed significant as a fine example of Art Deco architecture and of the work of the Ferris firm.[2] Seven stories tall,[2] it was the tallest building in Nevada until the completion of Reno's Mapes Hotel in 1947.[3] It is decorated with low-relief terra cotta work. The Trocadero Casino was located inside the El Cortez from 1941 to 1951. For many years, the El Cortez still served as a hotel.[2]

El Cortez was purchased by The Siegel Group in 2014.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Ana Koval and Patricia Lawrence-Dietz (August 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: El Cortez Hotel". National Park Service. and accompanying four photos from 1983
  3. ^ Bryan, Eric (March 2012). "Ferris and His Big Wheel". Nevada Magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  4. ^ http://www.rgj.com/story/money/reno-rebirth/2014/06/12/siegel-buying-el-cortez-nugget-courtyard/10397855/

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